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By Thomas Bernhard

A meeting of wonderful and viciously humorous reminiscences from one of many 20th century’s most renowned literary enfants terribles.

Written in 1980 yet released right here for the 1st time, those texts inform the tale of some of the farces that constructed round the literary prizes Thomas Bernhard acquired in his lifetime. even if it used to be the Bremen Literature Prize, the Grillparzer Prize, or the Austrian country Prize, his participation within the popularity ceremony—always lower than gracious, it has to be said—resulted in scandal (only on the awarding of the prize from Austria’s Federal Chamber of trade did Bernhard suppose at domestic: he obtained that one, he acknowledged, in reputation of the nice instance he set for shopkeeping apprentices). And the remuneration attached with the prizes provided him with possibilities for adventure—of the new-house and luxury-car kind.

Here is a portrait of the author as a prizewinner: laconic, sardonic, and shaking his head with biting enjoyment on the global and at himself. A revelatory paintings of astonishing comedy, the head of Bernhardian paintings.

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My brother, as regularly on such events, acknowledged not anything. After the meal I without warning had the sensation that the newly acquired swimsuit was once some distance too tight and went into the store at the Kohlmarkt, Sir Anthony I suggest, and acknowledged to them in a reasonably brash manner yet nonetheless with excellent politeness that i wanted to interchange the go well with, I had simply received the swimsuit, as they knew, however it used to be a minimum of one dimension too small. It used to be my firmness that made the salesperson i used to be chatting with cross directly to the rack from which my go well with had come. with no objection he permit me slip into an analogous go well with yet one measurement higher and that i instantly felt that this go well with healthy. How might i've got concept just a couple of hours in the past that the one-size-smaller swimsuit healthy me? I clutched my head. Now i used to be donning the swimsuit that truly healthy and that i left the store with the best feel of reduction. Whoever buys the go well with i've got simply back, i presumed, has no concept that it’s been with me on the awarding of the Grillparzer Prize of the Academy of Sciences in Vienna. It was once an absurd idea, and at this absurd suggestion I took middle. I spent a most pleasurable day with my aunt and we saved giggling over the folk at Sir Anthony, who had permit me trade my swimsuit with out objections, even though I had already worn it to the awarding of the Grillparzer Prize within the Academy of Sciences. That they have been so obliging is whatever concerning the humans in Sir Anthony within the Kohlmarkt that I shall always remember. The Prize of the Cultural Circle of the Federal organization of German undefined in the summertime of 19 seventy-six I spent 3 months within the Lung sickness health facility that was once and is connected to the Steinhof Insane Asylum in Vienna, within the Hermann Pavilion which had seven rooms with both or 3 sufferers, all of which sufferers died through the time i used to be there, except for a theology pupil and me. i must point out this since it is kind of easily crucial for what follows. I had, as so frequently prior to, hit the boundaries of my actual lifestyles once more and the medical professionals had deserted me. They’d given me not more than one other few months, at top not more than a 12 months, and that i authorized my destiny. I have been reduce open less than the larynx for the needs of the elimination of a tissue pattern and left for 6 weeks within the walk in the park that i used to be going to die of melanoma till they found that during my case it pointed to a lifelong lung an infection inflicting an disease known as Morbus Boeck, even though this hasn’t but been proved and i've lived until eventually at the present time with that assumption, and, i think, extra intensely than ever. again then, within the Hermann Pavilion, one of the hundred-percent-certain applicants for demise I made my peace, simply as they did, with my swiftly impending finish. The summer time, I take note, used to be fairly sizzling and the Six-Day warfare that had already entered historical past was once raging among Israel and Egypt. The sufferers lay in mattress within the shadows in eighty-six-degree warmth and truthfully, like me, they have been all eager for demise and so they all, as i've got already stated, obtained their want and died one by one, between them the previous policeman Immervoll who was once within the room subsequent to mine and who, for so long as he was once in a nation to take action, got here to my room every day to play Pontoon with me, he received and that i misplaced, for weeks he gained and that i misplaced until eventually he died and that i didn’t.

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