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Wittgenstein's Nephew: A Friendship (Phoenix Fiction)

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Publisher Comments:

It is 1967, in a Viennese hospital. In separate wards: the narrator named Thomas Bernhard, is stricken with a lung ailment; his friend Paul, nephew of Ludwig Wittgenstein, is suffering fom one of his periodic bouts of madness. Bernhard traces the growth of an intense friendship between two eccentric, obsessive men who share a passion for music, a strange sense of humor, brutal honesty, and a disgust for bourgeois Vienna.

"[Wittgenstein's Nephew is] a meditative fugue for mad, brilliant voices on the themes of death, death-in-life and the artist's and thinker's role in society . . . oddly moving and funny at the same time."—Joseph Coates, Chicago Tribune

"Mr. Bernhard's memoir about Paul Wittgenstein is a 'confession and a guilty homage to their friendship; it takes the place of the graveside speech he never delivered. In its obsessive, elegant rhythms and narrative eloquence, it resembles a tragic aria by Richard Strauss. . . . This is a memento mori that approaches genius.'"—Richard Locke, Wall Street Journal

Synopsis:

"Like Swift, Bernhard writes like a sacred monster....A remarkable literary performer: he goes to extremes in ways that vivify our sense of human possibilities, however destructive". — Richard Locke, Wall Street Journal

"The excellence of Bernard — and it is a kind virtuosity, ably maintained in this American translation — is to make his monotonous loathing not only sting but also, like Gould at the piano, sing". — Paul Griffiths, Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Thomas Bernhard (1931-1989) grew up in Salzburg and Vienna, where he studied music. In 1957 he began a second career as a playwright, poet, and novelist. He went on to win many of the most prestigious literary prizes of Europe (including the Austrian State Prize, the Bremen and Brüchner prizes, and Le Prix Séguier), became one of the most widely admired writers of his generation, and insisted at his death that none of his works be published in Austria for seventy years, a provision later repealed by his half-brother.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226043920
Subtitle:
A Friendship
Translator:
McLintock, David
Author:
Bernhard, Thomas
Author:
McLintock, David
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
Philosophers
Subject:
Authors, Austrian
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Wittgenstein, Paul
Subject:
Philosophers -- Germany -- Fiction.
Subject:
Authors, Austrian -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Phoenix Fiction
Series Volume:
vol. IX, pt. 4
Publication Date:
19900215
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
106
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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Product details 106 pages University of Chicago Press - English 9780226043920 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Like Swift, Bernhard writes like a sacred monster....A remarkable literary performer: he goes to extremes in ways that vivify our sense of human possibilities, however destructive". — Richard Locke, Wall Street Journal

"The excellence of Bernard — and it is a kind virtuosity, ably maintained in this American translation — is to make his monotonous loathing not only sting but also, like Gould at the piano, sing". — Paul Griffiths, Times Literary Supplement

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