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Meine Preise

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  451 Ratings  ·  59 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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Jan 05, 2011 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thomas-bernhard
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
Jul 16, 2013 Jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 17, 2011 Erma Odrach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 08, 2016 Anicius rated it it was amazing
Борис, Галина - надявам се да видите това! :) В случай, че не сте се сблъскали с "Моите награди" на Томас Бернхард (издание на Атлантис-Кл), мисля че това ще е книга за вас.
Ще кажа единствено - това е Авторът, Единственият, чиито текстове съм свършвал да чета и веднага съм започвал да препрочитам отново. Прочел съм "Племенникът на Витгенщайн" над 20 пъти най-малко. Убеден съм в това. :)
Горещо ви препоръчвам този биографично-ироничен текст...
Nov 12, 2012 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Dec 19, 2010 Tosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Yuko Shimizu
Nov 05, 2015 Yuko Shimizu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a surprise hit.
Embarrassingly admitting, I didn't know who Thomas Bernhard was. I Also embarrassingly admit that I bought this book purely for the cover. OK, maybe that is not exactly accurate. I picked this book up because this (US Knopf hardcover edition) is a perfection of a book design. The size, binding, cover design, cover stock, use of metallic ink, composition, the wide inside flap, size and choice of text font..., everything is a perfection. I am a book design nerd after all.
Kobe Bryant
Kinda cool if you're really into Bernhard
Jun 16, 2013 Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
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?
Anakana Schofield
This book is very funny and apt. He describes the escapades around his various engagements with literary prize culture. I am especially partial to his Aunt who keeps popping up.

Also admire how he indicts the pomposity and insincere nature of some of these people he encounters at these various events, like the "Important Man" in the first essay who gives him a prize and lists a bunch of books he has not written! And shame on the publisher who refused to loan/give him any money when he was in the
Nov 25, 2010 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 16, 2012 Jose Luis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mikko Saari
Jun 18, 2014 Mikko Saari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
M. Sarki
May 17, 2013 M. Sarki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-wonders
I speak very high praise for this fine work by Thomas Bernhard. My review can be found here on tumbler:
Michael Haller
Apr 18, 2015 Michael Haller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice to read a more plain-spoken, "human" Bernhard. Plenty of anger towards awards committees and cultural ministers, but also affection for important people in his life.
Dec 14, 2010 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jan 05, 2015 Zement rated it it was amazing
In één ruk uitgelezen. Heerlijk.
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
Jan 03, 2011 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 29, 2012 Guido rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 23, 2013 David Ramirer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bernhard
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
Joseph Kay
Jun 12, 2016 Joseph Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely hysterical (this is the first of his books i've read bc it was very cheap in a bookstore sale) Bernhard comes across as a very funny and warm person who it be at the least interesting to know in person. His deep affection for his aunt and older relatives is touching, and the entire section where he immediately spends the entirety of his prize money on a new car only to get into a huge accident in Yugoslavia had me wheezing with laughter on the bus.
Dec 31, 2015 Kid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I'm not sure its truly a five star read in that its not life changing. . .its radical hand biting concept and ungrateful and generally insouciant take on awards and the self-important arbiters of them feels extremely rare and unusual. Its also very short and you'll read it quickly and you'll find it delightful mostly. Though I'll bet if this thing went on any longer it would be burned in the streets. This book might also be the longest #humblebrag in print.
Fabio Luiz
Jan 21, 2014 Fabio Luiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 24, 2011 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gunther Martens
Mar 04, 2016 Gunther Martens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
einfach großartig; fabelhafte Beherrschung des epideiktischen Diskurses. Schimpfen als Musik. Beim sog. 'kleinen' Staatspreis habe ich mehrmals laut gelacht.
Jan 12, 2011 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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