Thomas Bernhard

Has anybody here read Thomas Bernhard? Which of his novels do you consider the best and the most important?

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5 thoughts on “Thomas Bernhard”

  1. I have read Old Masters and Concrete a long time ago and found both very impressive and interesting. I also read one about the literary prizes he received, but not sure if that was translated. I think he’s one of the writers where you can pick any novel and it will be good (and bleak and also darkly funny).

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  2. In Austria, important novels are Die Ursache (ch. 2 of Gathering Evidence) and Hoelzfallen (Woodcutters or Cutting Timber – I prefer the Ewald Osers translation). Plays – Elizabeth II and Eve of Retirement. Critic books: Gitta Honegger’s “The Making of an Austrian”. He’s also got a cult following in Spain and Latin America.

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