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Gathering Evidence: A Memoir (original 1986; edition 2006)
by Thomas Bernhard (Author)
Gathering Evidence: A Memoir by Thomas Bernhard (1986)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0099442531, Paperback)Born in 1931, the illegitimate child of an abandoned mother, Thomas Bernhard was brought up by an eccentric grandmother and adored grandfather. Tormented as a young student in a right-wing, catholic Austria, Bernhard ran away from home aged fifteen. At eighteen he contracted pneumonia. Placed in a hospital ward for the old and terminally ill, he observed with unflinching acuity protracted suffering and death. From the age of 21, everything he wrote was shaped by the urgency of a dying man's testament - his witness, the quintessence of his life and knowledge - and where this account of his life ends, his art begins.
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Written with a dark pain and drama that recalls the novels of Dickens, this is a powerful and compelling memoir of youth by one of the 20th century's most gifted writers. At the age of 18 he was put on a ward for the old and terminally ill, and saw great suffering and death, which informed all his work. This translation originally published: New Yo.
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