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Gathering Evidence Paperback – 6 Mar 2003
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"A writer of great originality and fascination" (New York Review of Books)
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Written with a dark pain and drama that recalls the novels of Dickens, Gathering Evidence is a powerful and compelling memoir of youth by one of the twentieth century's most gifted writers.See all Product description
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Paper quality is worse I have ever seen.
I condemn Vintage (Random House) for disgracing Thomas Bernhard's one of the best book with such an inferior quality edition.
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The picture of 1930's rural German society is unrelentingly dim. Bernhard claims to have seen in the streets of his provincial city multiple suicides by pre-teens. What kind of society brings these kinds of pressures to bear on young children? It's only my acquaintance with a number of German and Swiss/German people that prevent me questioning the authenticity of these recollections, because frankly, even today, and even more so in the previous generations, a ridiculous amount of social pressure is brought to bear on people.
In any case, I would rank this book alongside Rousseau's "Confessions" as a sincere account of the vast amounts of shabbiness and desperation which a single human life can contain.
and what he is about. I picture someone hunched over a desk, writing as fast as he can, hoping the memories
won't escape him. Nazi boarding schools, an entangled and fractured family, a chosen life in Strasburg's dreariest
ghostly ghettoes, running and running and running, wanting to escape from something but not quite sure what he is running toward.
It's a lot like each of our stores, fractured, disconnected, looking for a sense of purpose. We want to know. We want to know.
We want to know. And do we ever find out? I don't think so.