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By Thomas Bernhard

It is 1967, in a Viennese sanatorium. In separate wards: the narrator named Thomas Bernhard, is afflicted with a lung affliction; his buddy Paul, nephew of Ludwig Wittgenstein, is affliction fom one in all his periodic bouts of insanity. Bernhard strains the expansion of an extreme friendship among eccentric, obsessive males who proportion a keenness for track, a wierd humorousness, brutal honesty, and a disgust for bourgeois Vienna.

"[Wittgenstein's Nephew is] a meditative fugue for mad, magnificent voices at the subject matters of loss of life, death-in-life and the artist's and thinker's position in society . . . oddly relocating and humorous on the similar time."—Joseph Coates, Chicago Tribune

"Mr. Bernhard's memoir approximately Paul Wittgenstein is a 'confession and a in charge homage to their friendship; it takes where of the graveside speech he by no means added. In its obsessive, dependent rhythms and narrative eloquence, it resembles a sad aria via Richard Strauss. . . . this can be a memento mori that methods genius.'"—Richard Locke, Wall highway Journal

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Besides the fact that, didn't have the sensation that he was once at the approach out. One evening Immervoll used to be driven out into the hall in his mattress: I had slept via his loss of life. His mattress was once status within the hall, freshly made up, whilst I went to outpatients the subsequent morning with my temperature chart, to have my weight checked. i personally used to be decreased to pores and skin and bone, with the exception of my moon face and my distended abdominal, which had turn into a horribly insensitive ball that seemed as if W I T T G E N S T E I N ’S N E P H E W it might probably burst at any second and had a couple of small fistulas on it. sooner or later the theology pupil had his radio on, and listening to a printed of a motor race from Monza, I remembered that Paul’s different eating ardour, along with tune, was once motor racing. In his early formative years he were a racing driving force himself, and between his pals have been a few international champions during this box, which i've got regularly chanced on repugnant, simply because i will be able to think about not anything extra brainless. yet my pal used to be like that— there have been numerous facets to his character. T o me it was once incon­ ceivable that the individual that in my view had the cleverest issues to assert approximately Beethoven’s string quartets and used to be the single one to decode the Haffner Symphony for me, revealing it to be the mathematical ask yourself i've got proposal it ever in view that, was once additionally a motor racing enthusiast, in whose ears the noise of automobiles roaring murderously around the circuit was once song no much less candy. T h e Wittgensteins have been all motor racing lovers, and nonetheless are, and for years they used to ask the simplest racing drivers to stick with them in summer time on their estates through the Traunsee. I remember that Paul could invite me to spend the night and part the evening at his apartment overlooking the Traunsee, within the corporation of Jackie Stewart and Graham H sick, either one of them jolly fellows, in addition to Jochen Rindt, who had a deadly crash at Monza presently later on. W rooster Paul used to be over sixty he instructed me that he certainly observed issues vary­ ently now; he observed that motor racing was once brainless, as I had continually advised him. yet formulation One truly nonetheless had this kind of carry over him that it used to be scarcely attainable to be with him with no his pointing out his liked motor racing at some point soon. He may have the ability of bringing it into 39 the dialog after which be not able to drop the topic, in order that one immediately needed to contemplate technique of guidance him clear of his lifelong obsession while it all at once took once more. He had actually passions, that have been even as his major illnesses— track and motor racing. within the first 1/2 his existence it used to be motor racing that intended every little thing to him; within the moment part it used to be song. And crusing. yet how may well he indulge his wearing passions now? by the point I met him they have been not more than theoretical, as he had lengthy in view that ceased to take any useful half in motor racing and had given up crusing. He now not had any funds of his personal, and his family members saved him on a good finances; in the meantime, after he had for years been vulnerable to melancholy, they discovered him a task in an coverage enterprise, the so-called Ringturm, the place he abruptly needed to earn his residing, being left without different choice.

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