Gathering Evidence by Thomas Berhard [1]

I have a feeling I’m going to be blogging my read through Thomas Bernhard’s autobiography in five volumes, Gathering Evidence. I’m currently on the second volume, An Indication of the Cause, which so far has recounted Bernhard’s enmity for his adopted city of Salzburg.

What I wanted to share at the moment are the pages in which Bernhard describes the bombing of Salzburg during World War II, when he would have been in his early adolescence. His description of the tunnels in which he and his fellow Salzburgians were made to cower during bombing raids is simply chilling.

And then a couple of pages later where he describes the actual bombing of the city.

As tends to be the case, you really need to read the whole thing through to get the full effect of the cumulation, but these pages should give some idea of the power of the writing. I had not previously know that Bernhard wrote about what the war was like in Austria. This account surely must stand up there with the greats.

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