My Prizes: An Accounting

By Thomas Bernhard

A meeting of marvelous 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 bought in his lifetime. no matter if it was once the Bremen Literature Prize, the Grillparzer Prize, or the Austrian kingdom Prize, his participation within the popularity ceremony—always under gracious, it needs to be said—resulted in scandal (only on the awarding of the prize from Austria’s Federal Chamber of trade did Bernhard believe at domestic: he obtained that one, he acknowledged, in attractiveness of the nice instance he set for shopkeeping apprentices). And the remuneration hooked up with the prizes awarded him with possibilities for adventure—of the new-house and luxury-car style.

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

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The Minister hadn’t understood my sentences and since I had used the observe country no longer in a subservient method yet in a hugely serious context, he had leapt to his toes and attacked me and had run out of the viewers Chamber and down the large staircase. and everybody else, with the meager exceptions already pointed out, had rushed off after him. i will be able to nonetheless pay attention the way in which the Minister slammed the door to the viewers Chamber close, i have not heard someone bang a door that loudly. So there I stood and didn’t be aware of what to assert. My buddies, 3 or 4, no more, and my aunt had moved over to me and had no resolution both. the entire workforce became towards the buffet that used to be nonetheless flanked via waiters supplied via the Sacher or the Bristol, gaping with surprise, and puzzled what used to be going to be performed with the utterly untouched unfold. It’ll visit an outdated age domestic, i presumed. The Minister cold-shouldered you, now not vice versa, acknowledged certainly one of my pals. It used to be good stated. He cold-shouldered every person, I acknowledged. The Minister slammed the door to the viewers Chamber so not easy, i assumed, the panes should have given method. but if I investigated the door to the viewers Chamber, it became out that now not one pane used to be damaged. It had in simple terms sounded as though the panes within the door to the viewers Chamber had damaged. The newspapers subsequent day wrote a couple of scandal that the author Bernhard had provoked. A Viennese newspaper, which known as itself the Viennese Monday, wrote at the entrance web page that i used to be a malicious program that had to be exterminated. The Anton Wildgans Prize* Anton Wildgans, like Weinhaber, is a Hölderlin of the Vienna suburbs who matches the soul of the folks to a T. The prize that's named for him is funded by means of an business organization that has its headquarters at the Schwarzenbergplatz in Vienna in a powerful palace of the later 19th century. per week sooner than i used to be to obtain the Austrian nation Prize, the president of the commercial organization, Mayer-Gunthof, lengthy given that useless, expert me that the correct jury had determined to provide me this year’s prize, that's to assert the prize for 1976. The president ended his letter with the popular formulation that he used to be tremendous happy in order to proportion this information with me. on the given second, I obtain the invitation to the rite. The prize is endowed with twenty-five thousand schillings. I didn’t provide any concept to Wildgans, for I predicted him under my author neighbors at the jury who, for no matter what absurd cause, had discover the assumption of awarding me the Wildgans Prize for 1976. In Austrian appearing faculties, it’s commonplace for the scholars to have a relentless vitamin of Wildgans and notably they’re already studying a passage from Armut for the doorway examination they usually spend their waking mins reciting Wildgans poems and while it’s a query of protecting a few hugely reliable country social gathering, be it within the Burgtheater or within the so-called Josefstadt or perhaps in a few ministry, an individual is bound to arrive for whatever by means of Wildgans. The dilettante’s notion of Austrian poetry reveals its excellent in Wildgans, as in Weinhaber, and practices it anyplace there's a rite to be held, even this day.

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