Thursday, January 10, 2008

Thomas Bernhard on MySpace

My house ... I love it. When I earned my first money by selling Frost to the Suhrkamp Verlag, I bought it.

I work from 5 in the morning until 9 o'clock. Then I take a walk, read the paper, enjoy doing nothing, enjoy the sun, the blue sky, the mountains and all of a sudden people are wonderful. I have lunch. I write again from 4 to 7 o clock. I take a walk, and then it's time for dinner. That's my life.
In 2006, I linked to Christiaan Tonnis' short video of his visit to Thomas Bernhard's house. He's now produced a MySpace page (from which the above quotations come) dedicated to Bernhard in which every picture is from a story or a scene in his autobiography. The theme of the page, he says, is Bernhard's motto: In the darkness everything becomes clear.

Be warned that it is public for only ten days or so. However, don't forget also that Bernhard's wondrously oppressive first novel is published in paperback this month by Knopf.


  1. Thank you, Steve. I wanted to read something by Bernhard and didn't know where to start. Now I do.

  2. Ah, that'll be ideal as, when i was reading Stifter's Indian Summer, I thought: now I see the influence.



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