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Thomas Bernhard


Born
in Heerlen, Netherlands
February 09, 1931

Died
February 12, 1989

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Thomas Bernhard was an Austrian writer who ranks 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 are often at work on a lifetime and never-ending major project while they deal with themes such as suicide, madness and obsession, and, as Bernhard did, a love-hate relationship with Austria. His prose is tumultuous but sober at the same time, philosophic by turns, with a musical cadence and plenty of black humor.

He started publishing in the year 1963 with the novel Frost. His last published work, appearing in the year 1986, was Extinction. Some of his best-known works include The Loser
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The Loser

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4.05 avg rating — 8,947 ratings — published 1983 — 77 editions
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Woodcutters

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4.21 avg rating — 5,192 ratings — published 1984 — 69 editions
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Wittgenstein's Nephew

4.03 avg rating — 5,104 ratings — published 1982 — 64 editions
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Concrete

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Correction

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4.26 avg rating — 2,881 ratings — published 1975 — 40 editions
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Old Masters: A Comedy

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4.15 avg rating — 2,761 ratings — published 1985 — 58 editions
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Extinction

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4.31 avg rating — 2,461 ratings — published 1986 — 56 editions
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Gargoyles

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3.92 avg rating — 2,123 ratings — published 1967 — 38 editions
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Frost

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3.87 avg rating — 1,448 ratings — published 1963 — 38 editions
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The Lime Works

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4.14 avg rating — 1,329 ratings — published 1970 — 31 editions
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“Instead of committing suicide, people go to work.”
Thomas Bernhard, Correction

“It would be wrong to refuse to face the fact that everything is fundamentally sick and sad.”
Thomas Bernhard, Gargoyles

“Whatever condition we are in, we must always do what we want to do, and if we want to go on a journey, then we must do so and not worry about our condition, even if it's the worst possible condition, because, if it is, we're finished anyway, whether we go on the journey or not, and it's better to die having made the journey we're been longing for than to be stifled by our longing.”
Thomas Bernhard, Concrete

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