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On the Mountain affords us a rare insight into the birth of a literary oeuvre
paralleling those of Kafka and of Beckett. A comparable early work of Kafka's, "
Description of a Struggle" that he wrote at nineteen and also never published in
In its tentative, exploratory way, a little ragged, a little incoherent, it prefigures the
mature Kafka as On the Mountain does the mature Bernhard. Both Austrians, they
were both supreme diagnosticians of the terrors of our twentieth century ...
Is there a faint echo here of Kafka's K., in The Trial, done to death "like a dog" in
the wasteland outskirts of the city? Probably not a conscious response —
Bernhard never mentions Kafka, and his embattled humor is antithetical to
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - MSarki - LibraryThing
On the Mountain failed for the second time in making feel anything. The words Bernhard chose to put down on paper were at the least inaccessible to me and at best came from his unconscious where even ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - j_blett - LibraryThing
After reading ten of Bernhard's novels and collections of short pieces in random order, I've decided to start at the beginning and proceed chronologically. This work, more or less a prose poem, is ... Vollständige Rezension lesen