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Auslöschung: Ein Zerfall ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Auslöschung: Ein Zerfall By Thomas Bernhard ⚣ – Thomas Bernhard is one of the greatest twentieth century writers in the German language Extinction his last novel takes the form of the autobiographical testimony of Franz Josef Murau The intellectual Thomas Bernhard is one of the greatest twentieth century writers in the German language Extinction his last novel takes the form of the autobiographical testimony of Franz Josef Murau The intellectual black sheep of a powerful Austrian land owning family Murau lives in Rome in self exile Obsessed and angry with his identity as an Austrian he resolves never to return to the family estate of Wolfsegg But when news comes of his parents' deaths he finds himself Auslöschung: Ein MOBI :Ê master of Wolfsegg and must decide its fateWritten in Bernhard's seamless style Extinction is the ultimate proof of his extraordinary literary geniusStrangely gripping The glue that holds his remarkable novel together is the uniue virtuosity of his imaginative prose a highly original kind of writing that resembles musical patterns of theme variations and recapitulation Steve Dowden Washington TimesWith a breathtaking sustained intensity Bernhard assaults through the voice of Murau the modern world as exemplified by his birthplace Austria Thomas McGonigle Chicago Tribune booksPerfectly balanced and continually interesting The particular fineness of Extinction lies in its depiction of a consciousness in action Michael Dirda Washington Post Book World.

  • Hardcover
  • 325 pages
  • Auslöschung: Ein Zerfall
  • Thomas Bernhard
  • English
  • 11 February 2015
  • 9780394572536

About the Author: Thomas Bernhard

Thomas Bernhard was an Austrian author who ranks among the most distinguished German speaking writers of the second half of the th centuryAlthough internationally he's most acclaimed because of his novels he was also a prolific playwright His characters were oftenly working in a lifetime and never ending major work while they deal with themes such as suicide madness and obsession and as Be.

10 thoughts on “Auslöschung: Ein Zerfall

  1. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    Thomas Bernhard the dentist’s drill of modern literature When you are having such an entirely miserable entirely lonely entirely teeth grinding time reading a novel when groans and hisses and yelps issue involuntarily from you as you turn the page you know you are in the presence of a master and that this is great literature It was just the same with Beckett Molloy and yes pretty much the same with Hubert Selby The Room and Saramago Blindness In all of these great works what we have is the pure crystal stream of no concessions – these guys they laugh at our petty bourgeois craving for furniture wallpaper and carpets – these novels have no furniture no wallpaper no carpets – there’s almost no chinks of light at all this is literature as sensory deprivation In all of this stuff and there’s a lot of it which thankfully hasn’t come my way we readers are locked inside the monologue of a monomaniac One single voice wheedles whines rages brags retches ululates and most of all bores into our ear the whole time page after page Most of the time this is murder On occasion when a real genius does it it’s like a frightening but shamefully exhilarating weekend in hell – that would be Blindness by Saramago I must read of him These other guys what we need to do is tazer them shove them in a car boot tape up their ankles and wrists and drive like a maniac into the deepest depths of the Schwartzwald it seems appropriate and leave them there As you drive off you throw out a pair of scissors so they can eventually free themselves we are not monsters and some schwarzwalde kirschtorte soaked in LSD Now let them write novels Now let the great literature begin I checked for other reviews of Extinction and found this from a five star review on so this guy is a fan “Page after page it challenges the reader to give up Its almost as if Bernhard left this work as a special gift for only those who could really interpret and appreciate his art Sticking with Extinction while Bernhard is shooing you and the collective literary world away is the greatest artistic experience one can undertake because in the end when you are sure you are the only one on the planet who has stuck with him to the last he leaves you with one of his greatest surprise gifts One which will float by silently and smash you in the face at the same time”Call me a lightweight but yes when that siren voice sang to me so steadily and so very sweetly page after page “give up give up you know you want to how good life can be when you aren’t reading Thomas Bernhard” – friends I confess I gave up And now I smell the wallpaper and eat my furniture and life is good again

  2. İntellecta İntellecta says:

    In my opinion once you get used to the writing style of Thomas Bernhard and his literary challenges and peculiarities you have to immerse yourself into his person to enjoy his literature His cold humor and style are certainly not for everybody This novel – his last greatest prose work – is his attempt to manage the traumatically liberated misfortune of his childhood and early years as he represents his family in the environment of the Austrian nobility and put it in all its facets and accusesWir müssen die Menschen dann beobachten wenn Sie nicht wissen daß sie unser Beobachtungsopfer sindS318

  3. Lisa Lisa says:

    There are days when I see the world with the eyes of Thomas Bernhard and I feel like filling a whole novel with a long breathless rant against the incredible stupidity the horrific narrow mindedness the scary Nazi propaganda of mainstream small town mentality in the post World War Two Western Hemisphere and I take a deep breath only to choke on the poisoned air filled with the evil of selfrighteous white nationalists basking in the publicity they receive when they endorse each other against basic human rights tolerance and peace; and when I am in the middle of one of those depressive moods feeling my thoughts circle around the hopeless arrogance of over privileged and entitled white men of European ancestry across the world I think of Extinction and I feel some kind of relief for after all I know I am not alone in my failure to understand let alone accept the horror of everyday fascism in the midst of respectability and I smile despite my anger because I can feel Thomas Bernhard's anger even stronger vocal elouent and observing than mine yet speaking for me without ever allowing himself a break to make a full stop continuously pointing out the dangerous ignorance of traditional entitlement thinking in the prettiest of suburban gardens and in the most glamorous of local patriotic families reminding me never to trust the shiny surface of functional life as it hides the ugly truth by shouting loud deflecting slogans against invisible external enemies and on days like those when I carry the weight of our old crumbling world on my shoulders I understand fully why people like Thomas Bernhard had to write to survive and why his negativity shines through each word that poured from his head through his fingers onto the pages of his novel for to extinguish the anguish that eats your soul you have to exorcise the pain and externalise the thoughts that tell you that you are failing as a species and that you are letting down those venerable philosophers that said that you think therefore you are for while thinking it occurs to you that all you can think of is a long thread of complete and utter rubbish so that might well be who you are underneath the self righteous loud mouthed confidence but you still have to think according to Thomas Bernhard who is unfortunately fully human in his way of expressing the rubbish which dominates our daily thoughtsWe must allow ourselves to think we must dare to think even though we fail It is in the nature of things that we always fail because we suddenly find it impossible to order our thoughts because the process of thinking reuires us to consider every thought there is every possible thought Fundamentally we have always failed like all the others whoever they were even the greatest minds At some point they suddenly failed and their system collapsed as is proved by their writings which we admire because they venture farthest into failure To think is to fail I thought I read therefore I am a fan of Thomas Bernhard

  4. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    Could there ever be a scathing narrator than Extinction's Franz Josef Murau Who I like to think of as a fictional Bernhard Cut off from his Austrian landowning family and their estate of Wolfsegg he now lives the intellectual life as a tutor in Rome Rome? He could have moved to the furthest corner of Australia and still been too close to the country he so clearly finds the most repugnance vowing never to return home to the place in disgust he so constantly slams in bitter resentment The bad news for Franz though is that bad news is on the way After receiving news of the death of his father mother and brother in a car accident a trip back to Wolfsegg is now on the cards unfortunately and an unwelcome reunion with his two sisters who he doesn't exactly hold in the highest regard The first half of the novel the narrator is simply standing looking out the window and reminiscing obsessively about the stifling of the life he once had with his philistine family of Wolfsegg and of Austria the place he describes as a brutal and stupid nation a mindless culture less sewer spreading penetrating stench all over Europe Rearranging a few unflattering old family photographs on his desk like Tarot cards he unflaggingly and outrageously attacks his heritage From his relatives crass tastes to his miserable childhood to his father's Nazi ties and his mother's affair Just as Murau's denunciation of Austria for its Nazism and Catholicism peaks in shrillness however his corrosive characterizations contract to the grotesue even lampooning the likes of Robert Musil amongst others Once he arrives back in Wolfsegg for the funeral which sees the novel livelier in nature his deceitful and hysterical character comes into its horrid ownIf there is one thing I loved about Bernhard from previous novels it's his use of outrageous and uncontrollable exaggeration when mulling over certain people or his homeland And here he turns the dial up to a level even I didn't expect He also brilliantly dissects reality and perception and plays with how our own selves differ from our existence in the minds of others Lost in the gentle musicality of Bernhard’s spiralling sentences that fragment and repeat he whittles away at his obsessions and it takes a bit of time to work out that these rants and conjectures are not dealing with objective fact nor are they even the conclusions of considered arguments They are instead simply whims of a momentThe narrator’s prose had such a persuasive and dreamlike power that it practically hypnotized me for the three hundred plus pages The way the characters interlinked was masterful and despite the narrators traits such a realistic feeling was building up inside that had me understanding exactly where Franz Josef was coming from This is by far the best Bernhard I have read so far the others were really good but structurally this felt like a proper novel One that had me hooked right from the word go Brilliant Excruciating Genius Unforgettable

  5. M. Sarki M. Sarki says:

    is nobody I have ever read who speaks to me clearly and like minded than Thomas Bernhard does From the very first sentence Bernhard had me hooked on the book I could have just said the first paragraph but there is only one in the entire book so that would have been a little bit too much tongue in cheek But don’t let that stop you from reading this Extinction A flowing single paragraph is a Bernhard trademark At least he has proper sentences It is so life affirming to have the good fortune of reading a writer like this He is an amazing talent and continues on as strongly as ever for anyone interested in examining his complete works It is unfortunate Bernhard did not get to comment on our new technology that he was not subjected to the cell phone culture taking over the world It would have been so fantastic to hear and read what he would have had to say about these things the tablets and electronic readers Facebook Google and all the other muck drowning out our lives I loved what he said at the beginning of the book regarding leisure or intelligent people and their idleness It is so important to be able to be leisurely to enjoy leisure to just sit and think Or not even think at all There are many instances when Bernhard has a character say something that totally resonates with me It is these times when I am most pleased with the writings of Bernhard Gilles Deleuze the great French philosopher once said something to the effect that it is better to be in the company of like minded people as the ones who are not will bring you down mentally emotionally and even physically sometimes So when I read the following uotation I was again pleased as it has been my pattern in life to be often attracted to those persons of bad character Franz Josef Murau the book’s narrator says We have to keep company with supposedly bad characters if we are to survive and not succumb to mental atrophy People of good character so called are the ones who end up boring us to death But on the flip side just before the funeral of his parents and brother Murau is reflecting on the actions of his mother’s lover the Roman priest Spadolini and how he is not honest regarding his memory of his parents their country and their friends Before our very eyes and ears he’s transformed fools into thinkers malevolent individuals into saints illiterates into philosophers low characters into models of virtue baseness and meanness into inward and outward greatness monsters into human beings an appalling country into a paradise and a stolid populace into a nation deserving of respect Spadolini had extolled the dead in a uite impermissible manner I thought essentially falsifying them and selling us a fake as the genuine article It was surprising to me when Murau instructs his pupil Gambetti early in the fifth sentence of this book to read slowly and carefully five books one of which is Thomas Bernhard’s Amras Franz Josef Murau felt the five books useful and necessary to his student in the coming weeks By the time we get near the end of the book Bernhard’s narrator Murau is reforming his ideas to disavow the five writers mentioned on the first page and only leave Kafka as the one true writer of the bunch Kafka being the only one who exaggerates enough He continues by saying The art of exaggeration I told Gambetti is the art of tiding oneself over existence of making one’s existence endurable even possibleThose who are most successful at tiding themselves over existence have always been the great exaggeratorsthat exaggerated understatement is their particular version of the art of exaggeration Thomas Bernhard continues on in his exaggeration of minor details and supersaturates us with them to degrees only Gordon Lish could come close to measuring to Read any book by Lish and you get the details returned and returned to you always in revision and always as he pontificates for the supersaturation needed to get to the cut of the thing the insides the meat and flesh of the object given Same goes went? for Thomas Bernhard Though aware and a mutual fan of Bernhard it is doubtful Lish learned his trade from him for as far back as the early sixties Lish was already teaching this method and instructing his students how to read Extinction as a whole has much to do with photography and the undoing of humanity in such a brainless activity of staring at motion pictures Murau’s premise is that we are paralyzed by stultification and no longer capable of thinking that the world is in a state of permanent decline and anyone who actually does think should kill himself now at least before the second Millennium and now even that is too late as there is no future ahead that will be of any worth Let us hope Murau got this part wrong I happen to like photography and it has given me much to study and to write from And for this commission the great Bernhard must be forgiven

  6. Geoff Geoff says:

    Holy hell this book was everything

  7. Michael Michael says:

    This was my introduction to Bernhard and what a powerful introduction it was I became obsessed with his obsessive discursive writing style the way his sentences loop back on themselves to describe something several different ways You have to give yourself to it and stop expecting the usual plot or character mechanics of most conventional fiction but once you do it's an exhilarating ride

  8. AC AC says:

    His final novel Extinction is put simply Bernhard's masterpiece a masterpiece among any number of masterpieces An astonishing outputAfter starting with Concrete which astonished me I read Bernhard's novels chronologically and would recommend anyone who wants to delve into his works to read in the following order The Lime WorksCorrectionConcreteThe Loser about Glenn Gould andExtinctionI found Woodcutters Old Masters and even Wittgenstein's Nephew to be somewhat inferiorI have not read the others though I do plan to read Gathering Evidence on the strength of William's review and Frost though this last one or rather this FIRST one of Bernhard's novels was not written in Bernhard's patented style

  9. Lee Klein Lee Klein says:

    Like Correction this one is twice as long as the average Bernhard book and therefore it does twice the damage as the average 150 page Bernhard book damage mitigated by the introduction of self conscious acknowledgment about the narrator's abominable pronouncements also direct attack on Austria's Nazi past also two sympathetic idealized characters to counterbalance all the imbeciles and insincere simulators As always there's nothing as good no approach as viral nothing as unbearable to read for than 30 page stretches nothing seems as ordered and chaotic at once organic and orchestrated at once Interesting that I was thinking about the importance of extremism and exaggeration of approach and then toward the end there's a revealing stretch where the narrator talks about himself as a great artist of exaggeration Not as funny as some of the others Woodcutters or The Loser Really great reading but as always glad to step out from under Bernhard's extinguishing shadow

  10. Jessica Jessica says:

    This book is 326 pages of rabid unrelenting misanthropy that is all ONE PARAGRAPH from the perspective of a hateful very rich Austrian expatriate who despises his family Austria and everything elseIt is totally impossible for me to explain why I loved reading this but it had an intoxicating addictive uality and I really could not put it down However I wouldn't in good conscience recommend it to my worst enemyLooking forward to reading something else by Bernhard suggestions Dieter? though I'll need to wait awhile to let these toxic levels of bile clear out of my system first

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