Thomas Bernhard: A Year of Videos in 2023
I have set myself the challenge of reading one of Thomas Bernhard's books each month and making a video about it.
January: Wittgenstein's Nephew - Uploaded to YouTube 2023/02/06 (R) Thomas Bernhard, Wittgenstein's Nephew (1982) There are two English translations, I used the David McLintock one. (R) Gita Honegger, Thomas Bernhard: The Making of an Austrian The best book in English that I have regarding Bernhard's career and writings. On WN, it provides plenty of context, noting that Bernhard and Paul were never admitted to the hospital at the same time and that the Ludwig Pavilion of WN does not exist. Denis Diderot, Rameau's Nephew (1805) This was not a very stimulating read. While there is one scene that directly echoes Paul's behavior of preempting the public's response to performances, and thus deciding their fate, the more interesting question would be to what extent it was Bernhard himself who identified with the fool. Zollan Ljingye, Curtain Very smart, but rather dis/unorganized essay on Rameau's Nephew and Wittgenstein's Nephew. Expresses one point well, that the counter-point between LW, PW, and TB, is supposed to call into question whether or not the 'more sane' LW and TB are not, in fact, as mad as Paul. Or, indeed, as sane. Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus logico-philosophicus Source of the quote: "The limits of my language mean the limits of my world." Søren Kierkegaard, Journals and Notebooks, Vol. 2: Journals EE-KK Source of the remark re understanding backward/living forward: "It is quite true what philosophy says, that life must be understood backward. But then one forgets the other principle, that it must be lived forward. Which principle, the more one thinks it through, ends exactly with temporal life never being able to be properly understood, precisely because I can at no instant find complete rest to adopt the position: backward."
February: Concrete - Uploaded to YouTube 2023/03/20 (R) Thomas Bernhard, Concrete (1982) I used the David McLintock translation. (R) Gita Honegger, Thomas Bernhard: The Making of an Austrian Honegger notes Bernhard once gave an interview in a cemetery, which appears to have prompted the ending of Concrete Google Maps A check on the location of Peiskam, where Rudolf resides, shows it's a one-minute drive from Ohlsdorf, where Bernhard lived. (R) Patrick Hamilton, The Slaves of Solitude Review: LINK Note how the foregrounding of microdialog in both works points to the protagonist in each case being a victim of bullying.