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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Thomas Bernhard died 4 U

Bernhard, who mocked the visiting of places associated with writers as well as admiration journeys to museums and churches, had done nothing less than design a museum for admirers like us to visit, in the same way that he devoted his life singlemindedly to writing even though the writings we possess are only nonsense because they can only be nonsense. Bernhard’s house is part and parcel of his literary legacy: a seriously satirical stance that eludes the initial urge to peg him as a misanthrope, a pessimist, or a nihilist.
Jonathan Taylor goes on an admiration journey to Das Bernhard-Haus in a village in Upper Austria and, along the way, reveals the most unlikely secret about the great man's musical tastes.

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