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Mit seiner 1982 vorgelegten Arbeit über die Geschichte einer Freundschaft führt Bernhard seine Autobiographie, die Beschreibung seiner Kindheit und Jugend in fünf Bänden, weiter in die Jahre 1967 bis 1979. Bei einem Sanatoriumsaufenthalt vertiefte sich seine Freundschaft mit Paul Wittgenstein, die in leidenschaftlichen Diskussionen über Musik begonnen hatte. Paul Wittgenst ...more
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Published October 25th 1987 by Suhrkamp Verlag (first published 1982)
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A Philosophy Of and For the Curmudgeon

A catalogue of pet-hates and prejudices masquerading as a memoir, Wittgenstein’s Nephew is a perennial rant of the old against not just the young but against the world in general. This is a world of unmet expectations, incivility, and bad taste. The only possible response to this world is a resigned snobbishness accompanied by the occasional whine of despair. Paul, the nephew of the philosopher, is simply a foil for presenting this as a philosophy rather tha
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whom Bernhard has met so far only as a radical exaggeration artist or misanthrope, he shows himself here a little differently :)) Quote from Marcel Reich-Ranicki "Thomas Bernhard has never philanthropic "never written more tenderly", for me personally is Thomas Bernhard's sentence constructions, narrative style and his language unique.
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A highly readable work of dazzling intensity. The novella is based in part on a true story: author Bernhard's friendship with philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein's grand nephew, Paul. Prepare yourself for a blast of intellectually dense but very compelling--and funny--writing. The book is at bottom a great howl of rage against death. Bernhard in his day (1931-1989) was perhaps Austria's most controversial novelist/playwright. The narrator, based on Bernhard, and his familiar, Paul Wittgenstein, shar ...more
Steven Godin
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Damn, I was hoping to drag this out for as long as possible, but how does one drag out a book with only a hundred pages and no paragraphs?. Added to the fact it was just so darn good. It would have been like trying to stop an Olympic Skier flying down a mountain. So Stuff it, I thought, I will rip through this in no time, stop for a coffee, and read it again. Before deciding which of his books I will order next whilst scurrying around in a cold sweat. Yes, it's safe to say Mr. Bernhard has left ...more

Wittgenstein’s Nephew is a thing about Paul, nephew of a great though rather dismissed in native country philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein; is a thing about illness and falling into madness ; at last is a thing about dying and death. But most of all Wittgenstein’s Nephew is a thing about friendship and its nature.

In 1967, at the same time though in two separated wings of hospital, resides our narrator ( due to lungs disease ) whilst his friend Paul Wittgenstein is under psychiatric care. Fro
Emilio Berra
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Storia di un'amicizia

Uno dei libri della piena maturità di T. Bernhard.
E' la storia di un'amicizia maschile tra il narratore e Paul, appunto il nipote del celebre filosofo Wittgenstein. Un testo molto bello che, man mano che procede, coinvolge sempre più il lettore.
La musica appassiona entrambi. Una vena di follia li accomuna.

Paul passò da una ricchezza rilevante a una dignitosa povertà. Della propria famiglia, "aveva sempre detto che era una famiglia nemica dell'arte e dello spirito, e soffoca
Paquita Maria Sanchez
Fick! What started out as the cause of me once again whining under my breath about Bernhard's head-clubbing repetition slowly evolved into a rewarding, mist upon the eyes causing, scrupulous bloodletting of Bernhard's personal guilt, nostalgia, and self-reflection resulting from the passing of his closest friend, literally Wittgenstein's nephew, Paul Wittgenstein. Paul was, as Bernhard and various Mental Health Professionals proclaimed, a certifiable Madman. However, Paul argued he was at least ...more
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“Già non sopporto me stesso, figuriamoci un’orda di persone come me che passano il loro tempo a spremersi il cervello e a scrivere”

Quello che mi piace in Bernhard, quello che mi fa bene quando lo leggo è che le sue parole, ogni sua singola parola, e ogni sua ripetizione di quella parola (che non è mai e poi mai di troppo!), dicevo, tutte le sue parole e suoi pensieri sono un sacrosanto e disperato attacco frontale contro l’ipocrisia, tutti i tipi di ipocrisia, un attacco portato, come è naturale
Storia di un’amicizia durata dodici anni, quella tra Paul Wittgenstein e Thomas Bernhard.
Un’amicizia tutt’altro che facile, l’incontro tra due menti geniali, accomunate da tante passioni e divise da altrettanti elementi. Un’amicizia con alti e bassi, fatta di ostinazione, che

“tutto il tempo abbiamo dovuto elaborare con grande fatica sì da poterla conservare nella maniera più utile e vantaggiosa per entrambi, trattandola costantemente con estrema cautela e non dimenticando mai la sua grande fragi
When stress punches you in the stomach with a force that takes your breath (yes, I know, school has just only started for teachers and the kids won't be in until next week, but scheduling is a brutal hellish device that creates an immediate sense of evil foreboding and looming mortality and exhaustion), it is almost impossible to read coherently for pleasure. Unfortunately, my main source of detox and soothing is reading, so that is a bit of a Catch-22.

But there is one exception to the "too-much
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Come cerchi cosa cerchi

“Noi evitiamo gli uomini segnati dalla morte e anche io ho ceduto a questa infamia”.

Il romanzo narra la crescita di una malinconica e passionale amicizia tra due eccentrici e ossessivi personaggi che amano la musica, perseverano in una onestà brutale e sono tormentati da un nauseante disgusto per la borghesia viennese. Sono ricoverati nello stesso ospedale, in due padiglioni diversi, pneumologia e malattia mentale, sanatorio e manicomio. Il testo appare come un diario di r
A quickie review, so put on your non-porous splash suit and buckle yourself in. Eschewing his emblematic deranged, run-on style, Bernhard serves up Wittgenstein's Nephew as both a eulogy of his friend Paul Wittgenstein, the famed philosopher's mentally unbalanced nephew, and a bleak rumination on death -- or more pointedly, the slow, surreptitious death that constitutes life. If you know someone who is despairing about about his or her physical deterioration and impending death, do not be so tho ...more
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Svašta bih sad mogla da napišem: od himne, do anateme. Neka ovo bude prvi utisak, bez ocene.
Paul Vitgenštajn, kao i epizode iz Bernhardovog života su osnove na kojima stoji ovaj maestralni prikaz sasvim perverznog straha od opšteg bezumlja koje pametnog čoveka mora da razboli: od tuberkuloze ili šizofrenije, svejedno.
Ovaj roman je, pre svega, esencija prestravljenosti i gneva koji vode u ludilo, vapaj davljenika koji se okreće u vrtlogu nesavladive zavisti – hroničnog bolesnika – prema svemu što
Vit Babenco
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wittgenstein's Nephew is about friendship but in some strange way it reminded me of The Castle by Franz Kafka
Between a man and freedom there is always a wall of bureaucracy…
“Paul’s mind quite simply exploded because he could not discard his intellectual fortune fast enough. In the same way Nietzsche’s mind exploded, just as all the other mad philosophical minds exploded, because they could no longer sustain the pace. Their intellectual fortune builds up at a faster and fiercer rate than the can
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I expected an autobiographical tale of friendship between author and Paul Wittgenstein, nephew of Ludwig Wittgenstein. But then it is so much more, there were discussions about Austrian society. My favourite is the literary prize episode, I found it hilarious.

But at the end, the author was discussing his friend, Paul, at the last stages of his life. It was so sad (At that late part I was torn between 4 or 5 star rating, I was so moved by Paul's situation).

The author combined the absurd
Pročitam Bernharda jednom godišnje da se slučajno ne zeznem i ne pomislim da je svet lep
Narjes Dorzade
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
با آن روحیه‌ی پیش به سوی مرگ، با لباس دیوانگان
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ο γνωστός Bernhard. Καταιγιστικός, εξομολογητικός, ειλικρινής, συγκινητικός. Είναι η εξιστόρηση μιας πολύ βαθιάς και ολοκληρωτικής φιλίας ανάμεσα στον συγγραφέα και στον ανιψιό του γνωστού φιλοσόφου. Μου έκανε ιδιαίτερη εντύπωση το τέλος. Από τα καλύτερα που έχω διαβάσει. Πολύ πικρό, αναπάντεχα ειλικρινές.
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Duri e puri

Un libro sull'amicizia, questo.

Assolutamente inconsueto ed anticonvenzionale. Perché Bernhard, raccontando la storia della sua amicizia con Paul Wittgenstein, di fatto infama se stesso per aver abbandonato l'amico quando era solo, malato, in pessime condizioni economiche ed in procinto di morire.

È come se accusasse se stesso di non aver tenuto presente che pochissime sono le persone che, nel corso di una vita per noi sono importanti, e giusto per questo non possiamo, nel momento in c
M. Sarki
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is one of those Bernhard books that most devotees say they loved but speak little about why or how it happened. Those who do are predictable in their comments regarding Bernhard's plot, his friendships, judgments, and in general, death. Nothing wrong with either approach, but it just doesn't get the uninitiated where she needs to be. This particular Bernhard tale is quite unlike anything else he has written. Almost easier to stomach the vitriol and ra
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Bernhard likes very few things, especially people. To paraphrase his narrator, who at a certain instance in the novel ruthlessly points out, one doesn't even have to use all the five fingers of one hand to count the things, ideas or ideals of the society he is in good terms with. A sample of his raw judgement:

For let us not deceive ourselves: most of the minds we associate with are housed in heads that have little more to offer than overgrown potatoes, stuck on top of whining and tastelessly
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Sulla strada tra il Padiglione Ernst e il Padiglione Hermann

Conclusa lo scorso anno la lettura dei cinque (eccellenti) libri dell’autobiografia di Thomas Bernhard, credevo di trovarmi ora al cospetto di un’opera di fiction e invece… “Il nipote di Wittgenstein” è quasi un ulteriore capitolo autobiografico, con molte analogie col terzo libro (Il Respiro), quello che si svolge quasi interamente in ambienti nosocomiali e sanatori.

In teoria il soggetto di questo romanzo sarebbe il personaggio cui il
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

صداقة مع ابن شقيق فيتغنشتاين.....توماس برنهارد

أهو النَص دا درس سردي من الطراز الرفيع، معجزة كتابية فعلا، تدفق أفكار في عدد قليل من الصفحات بيقدم لنا صورة وافية جدا عن الحياة ككل، مش مجرد حالة شخصية لكاتبها.

رواية تُقرأ كجملة واحدة لا عطلة فيها، بتاخد نفسك وسط السطور وتكمل القراءة كأنك في رحلة ممتعة جميلة، وتجد بين السطور دي نفسك، نفسك بالمخاوف اللي بتتكون بداخلك بمرور الوقت والسنين، رحلة الإنسان عندما يصل إلى نهايتها فيبدأ النور الخفي في الظهور له ليعيد ترتيب حياته ويضع كلماته الأخيرة.

الكتاب حالة
Jan 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esta es la historia de una amistad, la de Thomas Bernhard y Paul Wittgenstein. Thomas conoció a Paul a través de Irina, una amiga mutua, y pronto se vio que compartían opinión sobre muchos temas, como por ejemplo su amor por la música, de la que Paul es gran experto, sobre todo en óperas. Un momento importante en esta relación fue cuando ambos supieron que estaban ingresados en el mismo hospital, pero en distintos pabellones. Thomas estaba en el pabellón Hermann, dedicado a los enfermos de pulmó ...more
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Thomas Bernhard bu eserinde, ünlü filozof Ludwig Wittgenstein'ın yeğeni Paul ile 12 yıla varan ve adıgeçenin ölümüne kadar süren dostluğunu anlatıyor. Hastanede başlayan dostlukları (Paul ruh hastaları, Bernhard ise veremliler koğuşunda), müzik ve felsefeye ortak ilgileri, dünya görüşleri, genel kabul gören değerlere cesaretle karşı çıkabilmeleriyle pekişiyor. Bernhard yine Avusturya toplumuna, özellikle de entellektüel çevrelere öfkesini kusuyor. Bu tabii Bernhard'ın alameti farikası, bir nevi ...more
Dov Zeller
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I am the happiest traveler—when I am on the move, moving on or moving off—but the unhappiest arriver." (88-89)

In "Wittgenstein's Nephew", Bernhard explores his ideal place -- the place between places. It may be we never quite set out and never quite arrive in the pages of this book, but travel breathlessly, with few rests, as if life depends upon endless moving in much the way the roadrunner ought to keep moving and never look down. It's when we stop and take account that we realize how far the
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Had this not been part fiction I would have unhesitatingly called its author, Thomas Bernhard, insane. Or, at the very least, a difficult, incomprehensible eccentric. He writes here about his friend Paul Wittgenstein, a nephew of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein whose philosophy of language I studied in college but never understood. To Thomas Bernhard both Ludwig and Paul were mad philosophers, the only difference between them being that Ludwig was published and became famous while Paul never ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The only difference between us is that Paul allowed himself to be utterly dominated by his madness, whereas I have never let myself be dominated by my equally serious madness; one might say that he was taken over by his madness, whereas I have always exploited mine." (21)
Wittgenstein's Nephew begins in a Viennese hospital, where Thomas Bernhard and Paul Wittgenstein, nephew of the great philosopher Ludwig, are forced—for different but related reasons—to lie in separate wings. Bernhard is suffer
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A Friendship Poem

Never underestimate the misanthrope's critic of nature.
He often offers valid facts,
Not fallacies.

Never underestimate the misanthrope's friendship.
It's rare, but sensitive.
It's unknown, but honest.

Never underestimate the misanthrope's pessimism towards mankind.
It comes from experience, not theory.
It comes after many failed optimistic hopes.
It comes after understanding.

Never call him a pessimist,
It's your friend.
Never call him a misanthrope,
He loves you.

Call him : my friend !
My u
I remember enjoying this novel, but Bernhard's characters are all so cold, so distant, its sort of hard to get close to his prose.
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A quaint little book that tries to be a lot more than it can manage. Still worth the read.
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the key to all of Bernhard is on the last page.
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this book consists of a single paragraph. it's only 100 pages long, but that's still a pretty long paragraph.

it's kind of a prose poem, so it's sort of interesting that i actually enjoyed it in translation, since i often don't like translations at all. He uses a lot of repetition, and some people might find the style annoying, but i liked it.

basically, it's about his friendship with Paul Wittgenstein, who was the nephew of Ludwig Wittgenstein. He talks a lot about paul's madness and his own lung
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“قلت لنفسى وأنا أجلس فوق دكة فى منتزه المدينة، إن هذه ربما تكون آخر مرة أرى فيها صديقى. لم أكن اعتقد أن جسدا بهذا الوهن، خبت فيه جذوة الحياة وانطفأت شعلة الإرادة، سيتحمل أكثر من بضعة أيام. زُلزل كيانى لرؤيته هكذا يعانى الوحدة فجأة، هذا الإنسان الذى هو بسليقته إنسان اجتماعى، كما يقولون، منذ مولده وحتى بلوغه، وظل اجتماعيا إلى أن أمسى كهلا ثم شيخا. ثم خطر على بالى كيف تعرّفت إلى هذا الإنسان الذى أضحى بالفعل صديقى، الذى طالما أسعدَ وجودى غاية السعادة، هذا الوجود الذى لم يكن بائسا قبل التعرف إليه، إلا أنه كان شاقا مُجهدا. كان هو الذى فتح عينى على أشياء كثيرة كنت أجهلها تماما، وأرشدنى إلى دروب لم يكن لى علم بها، وفتح لى أبواباً كانت موصدة بإحكام فى وجهى، وأعاد لى نفسى فى تلك اللحظة الحاسمة عندما كدت أهلك فى ريف ناتال. حقا لقد كنت أصارع فى تلك المرحلة قبل التعرف إلى صديقى كى أقهر مزاجا سوداويا مَرَضيا، أو لنقل اكتئابا، سيطر علىّ منذ سنوات حتى أننى عددت نفسى فى عداد الضائعين. سنوات طويلة لم أعمل خلالها عملا ذا قيمة. فى معظم الأحيان كنت أبدأ يومى وأنهيه بلا مبالاة تامة. كم من مرة أوشكت آنذاك على وضع نهاية لحياتى بيدى. سنوات طويلة لم أكن أفعل شيئا سوى الهروب فى هواجس الانتحار الفظيعة والقاتلة للروح، هواجس جعلت كل شىء فى حياتى غير مُحتَمَل، وجعلتنى أنا نفسى لا أُحتَمل أكثر من أى شىء آخر، كنت أهرب من مواجهة العبث اليومى المحيط بى، والذى كنت أندفع إليه، ربما لضعفى العام، ولضعف شخصيتى على وجه خاص. طوال سنوات لم أعد أرغب فى تخيل إمكانية مواصلة الحياة، ولا حتى مجرد الوجود. لم يعد لى هدف، وهو ما أفقدنى السيطرة على ذاتى. كنت- بمجرد استيقاظى فى الصباح الباكر- أجد نفسى رغما عنى فريسة لأفكار الانتحار التى لا أستطيع التغلب عليها طيلة النهار. هجرنى الجميع آنذاك، لأننى هجرت الجميع، هذه هى الحقيقة، ولأننى لم أعد أرغب فى رؤية أحد، ولم أعد أرغب فى شىء. لكننى جبُنت عن إنهاء حياتى بيدى. ربما عندما وصلت إلى قمة يأسى، لا أخجل من لفظ الكلمة، إذ لم أعد أرغب فى خداع ذاتى وتجميل شىء، ليس هناك ما يمكن تجميله فى مجتمع وعالم يُجمِّل باستمرار كل شىء بطريقة مقيتة، فى ذلك الوقت ظهر باول، وتعرفت إليه فى شارع بلومنشتوك عند صديقتنا المشتركة إرينا.” 24 likes
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