My Prizes: An Accounting

My Prizes: An Accounting

Thomas Bernhard


a meeting of marvelous and viciously humorous memories from one of many 20th century’s most renowned literary enfants terribles.

Written in 1980 yet released right here for the 1st time, those texts inform the tale of a few of the farces that constructed round the literary prizes Thomas Bernhard acquired in his lifetime. no matter if it used to be the Bremen Literature Prize, the Grillparzer Prize, or the Austrian country Prize, his participation within the attractiveness ceremony—always below gracious, it needs to be said—resulted in scandal (only on the awarding of the prize from Austria’s Federal Chamber of trade did Bernhard suppose at domestic: he got that one, he stated, in acceptance of the good instance he set for shopkeeping apprentices). And the remuneration hooked up with the prizes awarded him with possibilities for adventure—of the new-house and luxury-car kind.

Here is a portrait of the author as a prizewinner: laconic, sardonic, and shaking his head with biting leisure on the international and at himself. A revelatory paintings of marvelous comedy, the top of Bernhardian paintings.

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