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Thomas Bernhard

Wittgenstein’s Nephew - A Friendship

(German title: Wittgensteins Neffe)
ca. 164 pages
Clothbound
1982
Thomas Bernhard
Foto: Thomas Bernhard
© Andrej Reiser

Thomas Bernhard, born in 1931 in Heerlen (Netherlands), died in Gmunden (Austria) in 1989.

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About

With this work on the history of a friendship, published in 1982, Bernhard offers an autobiography, describing his childhood and youth in five volumes as well as his life between the years 1967 and 1979. During a stay in a sanatorium, his friendship with Paul Wittgenstein, which had begun with passionate discussions about music, deepened.

Paul Wittgenstein, Ludwig Wittgenstein’s nephew, graduated from the Theresian Academy in Vienna and went on to study mathematics. From the age of 35 onwards, however, his nervous disease continued to worsen. Initially rather well off thanks to belonging to one of Austria’s richest families, he gave away his fortune to friends and to the poor until he himself eventually ended up in poverty. In his last years he became increasingly isolated, connected only to his friend Thomas Bernhard. Bernhard’s notes thus constitute an account of Paul Wittgenstein. For twelve years he observed the slow death of his friend, and through these observations, grew much more self-aware himself – so that through the portrait, the image of the portraitist becomes all the clearer.

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Der Weltverbesserer/The World-Fixer (2014)

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Alte Meister/Old Masters (2011)

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Goethe schtirbt/Goethe schtirbt (2011)

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Der Wahrheit auf der Spur/On the Trail of the Truth (2010)

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Meine Preise/My Prizes (2009)

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Der Briefwechsel Thomas Bernhard/Siegfried Unseld/The Correspondence (2009)

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Werke in 22 Bänden/Extinction (1986)

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Werke in 22 Bänden/Old Masters (1985)

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Werke in 22 Bänden/Woodcutters (1984)

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Werke in 22 Bänden/The Loser (1983)

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Werke in 22 Bänden/Concrete (1982)

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Werke in 22 Bänden/Correction (1975)

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Werke in 22 Bänden/The Lime Works (1970)

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Werke in 22 Bänden/Gargoyles (1967)

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Werke in 22 Bänden/Frost (1963)

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