He receives “a so-called award certificate of a tastelessness, like every other award certificate I have ever received, that was beyond comparison.” (That descriptor ‘so-called’ recurs throughout My Prizes.) At the end he is ignored once more, and when he hears the now awake minister wonder, “in a voice in which inimitable arrogance competed with stupidity,” where the “little poet” is, he and his aunt leave. It’s only later that he finds there’s no money in the prize, just the honour of receiving it. “My own humiliation then struck me as common impudence.” . . . continue reading, and add your comments
Asymptote’s first issue has published a short story from the recent Thomas Bernhard short fiction collection, Prose. The story is “Is it a Comedy? Is it a Tragedy?” . . . continue reading, and add your comments
I’ve been reading my Bernhard lately, which means I’ve been scouring the Internet for all the decent Bernhard criticism out there. Turns out that J.J. Long’s study of a substantial chunk of Bernhard’s works is available on Google Book, almost in its entirety. For those who prefer the hard copy, you can find it at The Novels of Thomas Bernhard: Form and Its Function, and it will cost you a cool $60.00.
If you’re wondering why the name J.J. Long sounds so familiar, it’s probably because he wrote an excellent study of another German-language author, one . . . continue reading, and add your comments
The Literary Saloon thinks it's uncovered a can't-miss blurb for any publisher willing to translate Thomas Bernhard's Meine Preise:
While we're not big fans of blurbs we would, however, also urge that the US/UK publisher include one very prominently on the cover of the book — from Maxim Biller's review in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung:
Das Arschloch Thomas Bernhard, und das sage ich, obwohl ich ungern schlecht über Tote rede, das Arschloch Bernhard hat ziemlich sicher nur ein einziges gutes Buch geschrieben. Dieses Buch erscheint erst jetzt, obwohl er es schon 1980 geschrieben . . . continue reading, and add your comments