Gathering Evidence/My Prizes (Paperback)
Vintage Books, 9781400077625, 408pp.
Publication Date: November 29, 2011
Born in 1931, the illegitimate child of an abandoned mother, Thomas Bernhard was brought up by an eccentric grandmother and an adored grandfather in right-wing, Catholic Austria. He ran away from home at age fifteen. Three years later, he contracted pneumonia and was placed in a hospital ward for the old and terminally ill, where he observed first-hand--and with unflinching acuity--the cruel nature of protracted suffering and death. From the age of twenty-one, everything he wrote was shaped by the urgency of a dying man's testament--and where this account of his life ends, his art begins.
Included in this edition is My Prizes, a collection of Bernhard's viciously funny and revelatory essays on his later literary life. Here is a portrait of the artist as a prize-winner: laconic, sardonic, shaking his head with biting amusement at the world and at himself.
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Praise For Gathering Evidence/My Prizes…
“Breathless, relentlessly compulsive. . . . A remarkable literary contribution.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“One of the most powerful autobiographies of the 20th century. . . . Overwhelming in its impact.”
—Los Angeles Times
“A searing and utterly extraordinary memoir. . . . Unflinching, resonant and simply important. . . . The book is magnificent in every sentence.”
—Claire Messud, Newsday
“Vehement and fascinating. . . . Arguably his finest work.”
—The Washington Post