Overview

A gathering of brilliant and viciously funny recollections from one of the twentieth century’s most famous literary enfants terribles.

Written in 1980 but published here for the first time, these texts tell the story of the various farces that developed around the literary prizes Thomas Bernhard received in his lifetime. Whether it was the Bremen Literature Prize, the Grillparzer Prize, or the Austrian State Prize, his participation in the ...
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My Prizes: An Accounting

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Overview

A gathering of brilliant and viciously funny recollections from one of the twentieth century’s most famous literary enfants terribles.

Written in 1980 but published here for the first time, these texts tell the story of the various farces that developed around the literary prizes Thomas Bernhard received in his lifetime. Whether it was the Bremen Literature Prize, the Grillparzer Prize, or the Austrian State Prize, his participation in the acceptance ceremony—always less than gracious, it must be said—resulted in scandal (only at the awarding of the prize from Austria’s Federal Chamber of Commerce did Bernhard feel at home: he received that one, he said, in recognition of the great example he set for shopkeeping apprentices). And the remuneration connected with the prizes presented him with opportunities for adventure—of the new-house and luxury-car variety.

Here is a portrait of the writer as a prizewinner: laconic, sardonic, and shaking his head with biting amusement at the world and at himself. A revelatory work of dazzling comedy, the pinnacle of Bernhardian art.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307594235
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Thomas Bernhard was born in Holland in 1931 and grew up in Austria. The winner of the three most distinguished and coveted literary prizes awarded in Germany, he has become one of the most widely translated and admired writers of his generation. His novels published in English include The Loser, Frost, Gargoyles, Correction, and Wittgenstein’s Nephew. The five segments of his memoir were published in one volume, Gathering Evidence, in 1985. Thomas Bernhard died in 1989.


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Table of Contents

Prizes

The Grillparzer Prize 3

The Prize of the Cultural Circle of the Federal Association of German Industry 17

The Literature Prize of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen 29

The Julius Campe Prize 47

The Austrian State Prize for Literature 63

The Anton Wildgans Prize 83

The Franz Theodor Csokor Prize 91

The Literary Prize of the Federal Chamber of Commerce 101

The Georg Búchner Prize 109

Speeches

Speech at the Award Ceremony for the Literature Prize of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen 117

Speech on the Occasion of the Awarding of the Austrian State Prize 121

Speech at the Awarding of the Georg Búchner Prize 123

On My Resignation 127

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

    Hilarious, if you think literature=dignity

    This is the author's own story of his petty humiliations at the hands of critics and other appointed guardians of culture.

    The ordeals come in the form of various literary prizes that his countrymen insist on awarding Bernhard, despite his open fear of and contempt for them. (The countrymen, not the prize money.)

    Bernhard is just as tough on himself. He portrays himself a comic and pathetic figure, trying to maintain a dignity that he does not have while at the same time taking the gaddam money and gold medals whenever they are offered to him. His aunt--who advises him on practical matters--just wants him to stand up straight, get a new suit, and stop having such a negative attitude all the time.

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