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A perfect introduction to Bernhard's writing, 2 Feb. 2007
This is an optimal choice for those who have not read anything else by Thomas Bernhard. It is short enough to be read in one day, but it exemplifies many characteristic qualities of Bernhard's writing. Half-memoir, half-fiction, it "uses" Paul Wittgenstein only as a starting point. The book essentially consists of Bernhard's ruminations on doctors, sickness, health, life, art, literary establishments, Viennese coffeeshops, the aristocracy, the city and the country. A brutally honest work that wins you over, without explicitly trying to do so. Highly recommended.