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Meine Preise

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  270 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Oft erweisen sich „Erstausgaben aus dem Nachlass“ als dürftig getarnte Beutelschneiderei – hier nicht. Meine Preise ist eine in jeder Hinsicht gelungene und von Bernhard selbst so konzipierte Zusammenstellung von Prosatexten zu Preisverleihungen, drei „Dankesreden“ und der Erklärung seines Austritts aus der Darmstädter Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung. So zeugen die Prosa ...more
Hardcover, 139 pages
Published January 7th 2009 by Suhrkamp (first published 2009)
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That dipshit Jean-Paul Sartre actually declined the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1964—no doubt for some ostensibly high-minded reason. ('It is not the same thing if I sign Jean-Paul Sartre or if I sign Jean-Paul Sartre, Nobel Prize winner. A writer must refuse to allow himself to be transformed into an institution, even if it takes place in the most honorable form.' Okay, Jeanny Boy. Sure. But how is one 'transformed' by being the first and, at that time, only Nobel Laureate to refuse the prize ...more
One thing is clear after reading My Prizes (if it weren't already clear long before)... and that is that literary prizes do not serve the ones they are 'honoring'. In the first story here, Bernhard shows up with his aunt and for some reason nobody receives them or tells them where to sit. So they just amble in like all the other audience members, and sit in the very middle of the theater. Even though he is the supposed reason for the ceremony. And soon the officials are running around like madme ...more
Erma Odrach
Austrian writer Bernhard writes about the literary prizes he has won during his lifetime, and he writes with vitriol and biting humor. For the Grillparazer Prize, where he wears a suit one size too small, he receives no money; for the Julius Campe Prize in Hamburg, he gives the first interview of his life, but is self-conscious that he is an Austrian; for The Austrian State Prize for Literature, while almost 40, surprisingly, he receives a prize that had "become customary to award ... to twenty- ...more
"Now is the time to stand firm, I thought, demonstrate my intransigence, courage, single-mindedness. I'm not going to go and meet them, I thought, just as (in the deepest sense of the word) they didn't meet me." The attitude—pure Thomas Bernhard—was unmistakable. There was pride, hardheadedness, combativeness. The novelist was about to receive the Grillparzer Prize from the podium but he went unrecognized by the prize administrators. No one at the front door received him and his aunt. So they ju ...more
What one considers to be the greatest writer in the German language and here he is pooping on all the major (and not minor) prizes in Austria he had won. The total distain, and moments of clear thinking, with a touching tribute of sorts to an old professor of his - is quite entertaining.

The beauty (if one can call it that) is his clear vision of a silly world getting sillier. Cynical on a hysterical level, he is also a writer where you can feel the weather and the moment of his narrative. His d
A booklet, very short, very quick. Worth it for the texts of the speeches presented toward the end that are so out of line with his impressions of the same ("soft") speeches in earlier chapters. Maybe only something for T.B. fans? There's a confusing error in the first line of the second chapter, I think: did it take place in '66 or '76? Minor necrophiliac Bernhard is still Bernhard and therefore still "enjoyable" in that particular Bernhardian fashion. 3.5 stars rounded up.
Jose Luis
Divertido y muy interesante, con el humor, la mala uva y la contundencia de este autor. De todas formas es más bien un texto para bernhardófilos huérfanos que ya conocen su novelas. Si no es el caso, mejor seguir buscando el resto de su obra publicada. Vale la pena.
Wonderful, but how does Carol Brown Janeway manage to forget how to write English prose so often when translating Bernhard’s German? “President Hunger ... listed a row of European famous names ...” (13). Listed a row? European famous? Really?
M. Sarki
I speak very high praise for this fine work by Thomas Bernhard. My review can be found here on tumbler:
Assez décevant : la présentation de l’éditeur annonce des récits mordants et vengeurs, mais je n’en ai trouvé que d’assez fades, ou plutôt exerçant beaucoup moins de détestation que je ne l’attendais de ce livre.

Chacun des neuf prix littéraires fait l’objet d’une petite nouvelle pour raconter son déroulement et, parfois, son avant – la recherche d’un costume ou d’un discours, le dilemme pour décider s’il faut accepter ce prix ou non – et son après, comme ce qu’il a fait de l’argent reçu avec ce
On the contrary, I was certain that I had no right to express myself in any way about Buchner on the podium in Darmstadt, indeed, I was certain that the name Buchner should not even cross my lips if possible, and in this I was successful, for I only said a few sentences in Darmstadt and these had nothing to do with Buchner. We are not allowed to keep talking endlessly about those we consider great and to hitch our own pitiful existence and inadequacies to these great ones with all our efforts an ...more
Bernhard was het enfant terrible van de Oostenrijkse literatuur en had het niet hoog op met de Oostenrijkse samenleving noch met zijn landgenoten-schrijvers. Hij was dan ook omstreden bij de elite. Omdat hij geen hoge pet ophad met prijzen allerhande omdat ze ofwel door ondernemingen werden uitgereikt die alleen de eigen publiciteit op het oog hadden ofwel werden toegekend door zelfgenoegzame literatoren die alleen zichzelf in de kijker wilden zetten, keek hij erop neer, maar toch accepteerde hi ...more
David Ramirer
obgleich ich bei "veröffentlichungen aus dem nachlass" immer sehr skeptisch war und bin und natürlich auch gerade in diesem fall, beim kompromisslosesten autor österreichs nicht nur des vergangenen, nein wohl auch der vorangegangenen jahrhunderte, zunächst keinerlei interesse an den ausgegrabenen und aus dem tresor mühsam von geldgierigen nachlassverwaltern hervorgefischten texten hatte, überraschte mich dieser text doch in seiner vom ersten wort an typisch und unverwechselbaren offenheit, die i ...more
Jirka Slavik
Rukopis této knihy byl nalezen v Bernhardově literární pozůstalosti a vznikl s největší pravděpodobností v roce 1980, devět let před jeho smrtí. O svých zkušenostech s udělováním literárních cen píše již ve Wittgensteinově synovci, kde však několik eskapád z různých slavnostních večerů spojil dohromady v jeden příběh reflektující zároveň jeho přátelství s Paulem Wittgensteinem. V Mých cenách popisuje příběhy, které se vážou k literárním cenám, které mu Rakušané a Němci udělili do konce 70. let. ...more
Fabio Luiz
Imagine um escritor ácido ao atual governo, este constantemente chamado para ser homenageado em diversas classes sociais. Thomas Bernhard criticava eventos em que tudo era aparência, onde tudo soava falso, este sempre com discursos indigestos. O povo austríaco sempre com sua paixão recôndita ao partido nacional-socialista, mostrava a sua face em votações onde se excluía qualquer autor ou cidadão judeu.
Não estou falando de um passado longínquo, Bernhard morreu na década de 80, se não me engano.
Mikko Saari
You can trust Thomas Bernhard... This book of memoirs on literature awards is brilliant. Bernhard didn't mind the money, but he hated all sorts of awards. The result? A rather entertaining book.
What were these prize-bestowers thinking? That Herr Bernhard would be grateful? honored? That they could bask in the reflected glow of literary glory? Bernhard's "accounting" would probably elicit sympathy for his victims, in spite of their self-importance, hypocrisy and mutual puffery, were it not for the nearly out-loud laughter (alarming laughter for any well-brought-up polite person) induced by his vitriol, ahem, insightful analysis. That said, there were moments of redeeming grace, gracious ...more
Master of the acid comment, of unfettered, limitless vitriol. Think of this as an addendum to his autobiography, Gathering Evidence, but as commentary on the prizes he was awarded and the mercenary glee with which he accepted the cash that came with them. Inexplicably, the essays are not ordered chronologically, and a glaring editorial error sets the Israeli six-day war in 1976, rather than 1967. (This is not a typographical error with two numbers transposed: Bernhard writes out the numbers of t ...more
Kürzere Texte zu seinen gewonnenen Literaturpreisen sind in dem Bändchen Meine Preise versammelt.
Besonders amüsiert hat mich der Text zum Österreichischen Staatspreis für Literatur ("den sogenannten Kleinen Staatspreis") - das ist Thomas Berhnhard deluxe in Puncto Wuttirade ...
Und auch sonst scheut er sich nicht den Literaturpreiskosmos zu demaskieren..wer wird denn eigentlich gefeiert und/oder geehrt (überhaupt..Ehre..)?!: die Schreibenden oder die Preisvergebenden bzw. die dazu geladenen Ehre
Kristof Michiels
Meesterlijk schimpproza waarin Bernhard terugblikt op de literaire prijzen die hij mocht ontvangen. En passant veegt hij (terecht) de vloer aan met het literaire en culturele wereldje dat hij verfoeit, maar waar hij onvermijdelijk ook deel van uitmaakt. Met name de afgedrukte toespraken (uitgesproken bij de in ontvangstname) grepen me naar de keel en doen me hier zonder blozen neerpennen: Bernhard is een vriend van en troostbrenger voor elke denkende en twijfelende mens op deze "heldere en grimm ...more
Bernhard looks back on the various literary prizes he has received and talks about his reactions, which is always a various of this: “I despised the people who were giving the prizes but I didn’t strictly refuse the prizes themselves. It was all offensive but I found myself the most offensive of all. I hated ceremonies, but I took part in them, I hated the prize-givers but I took their money.” A slim read with a beautiful jacket design but not as entertaining as Bernhard’s actual novels.
Peter Zingg
Modernist Bernhard explains the venality and ignorance exhibited by the juries who handed him some of the highest literary awards in the German-speaking world. Of course his sarcasm is extremely funny. Luckily he does admit to some of his own failings and the continuing love for his aunt that tempers all the bitterness and scorn. The prize-winning speeches that he has so much trouble writing make up the coda to this interesting small book.
Thomas Bernhard was an Austrian author who was most famous for his bitter criticism of Austrian society and the scandals he managed to create this way. This slim volumes chronicles his sour remembrances of some of the literary awards he received, and it would satisfy only fellow cynics - if not for the balancing, beautiful words he writes about the award he receives from the Austrian "Bundeswirtschaftskammer". Wonderful!
Not the Bernhard to start with, it's too light and off-the-cuff for that. But it's a welcome glimpse into his less-broody side. He's still very aware of the absurdity around him, but this is him pulling you aside and bemusedly recounting the clumsy behavior of various literati.

I love this guy. Wish I could have met him. (Though I think I'd have been scared to.)
Heinz  Hafner
Thomas Bernhard ist für mich ein unerbittlicher Denker und Stilist. Davon überzeugt mich auch dieses Buch, das die Gedanken und die Wörter und Sätze ad absurdum treibt. Insofern ist der Österreicher Bernhard dem Schweizer Dürrenmatt vergleichbar; aber Bernhard das Versöhnliche ab, das man im jovialen Humor eines Dürrenmatt immer wieder findet.
U ovoj knjizi Bernhard je pokazao da je dosta elemenata svoje ličnosti pretočio u lik Verthajmera, gubitnika iz istoimenog romana. Međutim, on se lepo nosi sa svim svojim psihozama i još od De Sada nisam ovoliko vrištao od smeha pri pojedinim delovima. Definitivno me psihološki crnjaci najviše zabavljaju.
Musings on the occasions of recognition ��� including some of the actual speeches delivered. Seriously, a gas to read. That is if you love a misanthropic unapologetic view of the systems that acknowledge our creations and sometimes, embarrassingly for Bernhard, support them.
I'd like to say this is a Thomas Bernhard for beginners then again you must know some of his work to really get out of this a lot.

"Das Problem ist, mit der Arbeit fertig zu werden, und das heißt, mit dem inneren Widerwillen und mit dem äußeren Stumpfsinn [...]"
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