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Gathering Evidence & My Prizes: A Memoir

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Written with a dark pain and drama that recalls the novels of Dickens, Gathering Evidence is a powerful and compelling memoir of youth by one of the twentieth century’s most gifted writers.

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
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by Vintage
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Jan 16, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
I'm an irritable person. More and more in my daily life I find myself at the mercy of blinding fits of spleen. Whether it's people who drive too slow or order iced tea in restaurants or sniff deodorant in the store or watch NBC's The Voice, there's always some irritant ready-at-hand to set me at odds with the world. You see, I'm the kind of perpetually grousing curmudgeon that you pity or avoid—because if you're optimistic or excited about something, I'll inevitably try to take a piss all over i ...more
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Oct 12, 2013 Justin Evans rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, essays
My long-postponed encounter with Bernhard got off to a great start with The Loser. Then somehow I got the idea that I'd get more out of Bernhard's novels if I knew more about his biography and, hey, where better to start than this kind of memoir? So in I dove.

And, as with most of these tremendously stylish, vaguely existentialist writers, the further Bernhard gets from fiction, the more insufferable his narrators become. There's no doubt that Thomas had a rough start to life; he's more than ent
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May 17, 2013 M. Sarki rated it it was amazing
I speak highly of both books here:
[Actually only read the "My Prizes" portion of this, in a hardcover edition unlisted on GR]
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One of Bernhard's best.
Apr 16, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
Thomas, you magnificent bastard.

(I swear I only just recalled, upon finishing typing that sentence, that he was born, as Wikipedia so anachronistically puts it, "illegitimate.")

Take the prize money awarded to you by people you hate and use it to spruce up your house.
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Thomas Bernhard was an Austrian author, who ranges among the most distinguished German speaking writers of the second half of the 20th century.

Although internationally he's most acclaimed because of his novels, he was also a prolific playwright. His characters were oftenly working in a lifetime and never-ending major work while they deal with themes such as suicide, madness and obsession and, as B
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“The facts are always frightening, and in all of us fear of the facts is constantly at work, constantly being fuelled; but this morbid fear must not lead us to conceal the facts and so to falsify the whole of human history -- which is of course part of natural history -- and pass it on in falsified form just because it is customary to do so, when we know that all history is falsified and always transmitted in falsified form.” 1 likes
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