Understanding Thomas Bernhard

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Univ of South Carolina Press, 1991 - Literary Criticism - 99 pages
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Presents to the American audience on e of the most gifted & uncompromising innovators of postwar German prose.
 

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This brilliant essay is not present. Instead, we get a reproduction of the cover, the table of contents, a chronology, and a few pages from a few chapters. It is as if serious literary criticism were no different than an action film, and the same techniques can be applied to attract readers as viewers.
If you come to this book with interest of any kind, you will be frustrated. If you do not come with interest, why would you want to look at it.
This is a sad commentary on what might be picked out as the salient pieces of a book, perhaps even more sad, if the selection were made by a machine instead of a person.
I have had more satisfying literary experiences with pieces of broken books found in garbage cans.
 

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About the author (1991)

Professor of Germanic Languages, Chair at Brandeis University, Boston

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