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This review is from: Extinction (Vintage International) (Paperback)
Thomas Berhard is my favourite writer. I have discovered him late in life. We both lived in Salzburg in the same time and frequented the same café. I truly believe that we have seen each other either in that café or crossed each other during the late afternoon walks on Monchsberg. This book is one of his best if not the best. Yes, it is written brutally, but it is how he writes. His books are like un-retouched photographs. The raw truth. As far as I know no other writer wrote about this kind of feelings about his family. It needs a tremendous amount of courage to write about one's mother,father, brother and sisters in this manner. Such mixed feelings between hate
and very, very small pieces of affection. Pity and understanding. Accusing yet again understanding. Very harsh feelings entangled with a deep understanding. A masterpiece in my humble opinion.