Born in 1931, the illegitimate child of an abandoned mother, Thomas Bernhard was brought up by an eccentric grandmother and adored grandfather. Tormented as a young student in a right-wing, catholic Austria, Bernhard ran away from home aged fifteen. At eighteen he contracted pneumonia. Placed in a hospital ward for the old and terminally ill, he observed with unflinching acuity protracted suffering and death. From the age of 21, everything he wrote was shaped by the urgency of a dying man's testament - his witness, the quintessence of his life and knowledge - and where this account of his life ends, his art begins.
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- Paperback | 352 pages
- 129 x 198 x 22mm | 245g
- 12 Aug 2008
- Vintage Publishing
- London, United Kingdom
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"Breathless, relentlessly compulsive... A remarkable literary contribution"
"A writer of great originality and fascination" * New York Review of Books * "Breathless, relentlessly compulsive... A remarkable literary contribution" * New York Times Book Review *
About Thomas Bernhard
Thomas Bernhard was born in Holland in 1931 but grew up in Austria. His interest in music and theatre led him to study at the Akademie Mozarteum in Salzburg. He wrote a quantity of poetry, several novels, short stories and plays and three volumes of autobiography. He died in 1989.