Thomas Bernhard Makes An Acceptance Speech

You can probably guess some of what happens in Meine Preise, Thomas Bernhard's "accounts of receiving nine of the literary prizes and honours he was awarded between 1964 and 1970." The Complete Review reviews it, starting with the insight that

Many writers are ambivalent about literary prizes, and Bernhard certainly was. But the money was a temptation he could rarely resist (even as he beat himself up about it): "ich bin geldgierig, ich bin charakterlos, ich bin selbst ein Schwein" ('I'm greedy for money, I'm unprincipled, I, too, am a pig').


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Certain sections of the Thomas Bernhard’s book resurface in Wittgenstein’s Nephew,~ pp. 110 in the German edition.

My review of “Meine Preise” is here http://shigekuni.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/winner-thomas-bernhards-meine-preise/

His plays are not read (or performed) nearly often enough, by the way. Are they translated at all?

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