Thomas Bernhard was born in Holland in 1931 and grew up in Austria. He studied music at the Akademie Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 1957 he began a second career, as a playwright, poet, and novelist. 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. He published nine novels, an autobiography, one volume of poetry, four collections of short stories, and six volumes of plays. Thomas Bernhard died in Austria in 1989.
"Breathless, relentlessly compulsive. . . . A remarkable literary
--The New York Times Book Review
"One of the most powerful autobiographies of the 20th century. .
. . Overwhelming in its impact."
--Los Angeles Times "A searing and utterly extraordinary memoir. . . . Unflinching, resonant and simply important. . . . The book is magnificent in every sentence."
--Claire Messud, Newsday "Vehement and fascinating. . . . Arguably his finest work."
--The Washington Post