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The author of the book: Thomas Bernhard
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Edition: Assírio & Alvim
Date of issue: 2000
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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. From Bernhard’s writing slowly unfolds story of their friendship, the first meeting, mutual interests in music and opera, similar sense of humour, the same aversion to the country and love to the city when I am in the country, bereft of mental stimulus, my thinking atrophies, because my whole mind atrophies , but nothing so calamitous ever happens to me in the city , adhering to peculiar custom sitting in famous Viennese cafes and ridiculing behaviours and flaws of other clients since most of the minds we associate with are housed in heads that have little more to offer than overgrown potatoes , sharing some restless soul that forced them to live constantly on the move, toing and froing, still escaping from one place to another.
Of course Thomas Bernhard would not have been himself if in this slim novella, in own unique style, dripping with black humour, full of meandering and repetitive phrases, obsessive and spiteful comments, had not taken own compatriots ‘ ignorance and stupidity apart. There is any sacred cow for him, no one is to escape his sarcasm and derision, no matter ministers stupidity was written all over his face, as it is over the faces of all ministers without exception or actors from famous Burgtheater the world’s first theatrical whorehouse , treats them all with equal spitefulness and acerbity.
Friendship is a gift, a rare thing that we still have to care and that way novel reads as a praise and hymn to it. Each one of us has own definition of friendship, when we’re saying friend we may see someone we'd like to share secrets, thoughts and interests while for others friend means someone with whom we may remain silent not feeling any awkwardness, any need to talking. But sometimes that bond is too fragile and we ourselves too weak and unreliable to remain faithful to that feeling. And with this writing Bernhard pays delayed homage to his eccentric friend, for own reluctance and cowardice in the hour of trial.
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Read information about the authorThomas 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 Bernhard did, they use to have a love-hate relation with Austria. His prose was tumultuous but sober at the same time, philosophic in the background, with a musical cadency and plenty of black humor.
He started publishing in the year 1963, with the title "Frost". His last published work, appeared in the year 1986, was "Extinction". Some of his most well known works include "The loser" (where he ficitionalizes about Glenn Gould), "Correction" and "Woodcutters".
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