Thomas Bernhard?

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Woodcutters is a beautiful (good stuff on Woolf and the theatre) but I've not read Limeworks.

Zeno have you read Yaakov Shabtai (I've filled out an ILL for Past Continuous)?

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 29 August 2010 22:04 (nine years ago) link

yes, Past Continuous is one of my favourite novels. and it's an Israeli classic.
Shabtai was a talented, unique writer. too bad so many mediocre imitators followed him.

Zeno, Sunday, 29 August 2010 23:09 (nine years ago) link

Bernhard and Shabtai shared some aspects of pessimistic philosphy notions , but they differ in style.

Zeno, Sunday, 29 August 2010 23:21 (nine years ago) link

They both wrote in a paragraphless style, right? (although from the little I have read that is broken up a bit in the English version)

xyzzzz__, Monday, 30 August 2010 09:28 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

Piece in the LRB

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 28 October 2010 17:43 (eight years ago) link

five years pass...

this news story is straight out of bernhard:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/05/man-drowns-himself-austrian-lake-concrete-block-wife-head-inside

seb mooczag (NickB), Tuesday, 5 January 2016 20:51 (three years ago) link

Jelinek is still around so god knows what she can do w/that.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 5 January 2016 21:00 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

"Everything in an intellectual mind is anarchy."

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 28 August 2016 21:51 (three years ago) link

reading the abish memoir and the part where abish reads bernhard in vienna making me want some bernhard.

scott seward, Sunday, 28 August 2016 22:28 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

This is an indepedent translation of a book published a few years ago by his estate agent (and Bernhard's friend for about a decade), an account of many conversations with Bernhard.

http://shirtysleeves.blogspot.com/2019/02/preface-at-certain-point-in-his-long.html

Only have the 1st part so far (covering Jan '72) but its often really fucking funny in places.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 4 February 2019 22:34 (seven months ago) link

OK, this is hilarious.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:25 (seven months ago) link

We’ve often spoken about his death before. He’s changed his mind three times about where he wants to be buried. First it was Vienna, then Ohlsdorf, and now it’s Neukirchen bei Altmünster. During such conversations Thomas has repeatedly stressed that suicide, which is certainly the way that other people think he’s most likely to die, is something he’ll never commit no matter what. He isn’t about to do the world such a favor. Now he didn’t contradict me. He said that in the event of such a serious accident resulting in the loss of a leg, it would all be over for him, literally and completely over, because walking for hours on end is something he’s quite simply got to do. Thomas rolls up the two pairs of trousers so that he can take them with him to use in washing up and DIY work later on.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 08:53 (seven months ago) link


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