Thomas Bernhard Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Thomas Bernhard Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Thomas Bernhard’s work can be characterized as a series of variations on certain recurring themes and situations. While this consistency gives his work a certain formal cohesion, it also, quite naturally, leads many critics to fault him for sterility of imagination or manic obsessiveness. The almost overwhelming negativity of Bernhard’s novels is autobiographical, rooted in the agony of the author’s own existence. Bernhard himself stated that, for him, writing was both a search for the origins of his personal disaster and an attempt—an ultimately Sisyphean attempt—to maintain equilibrium in the face of despair. Writing for Bernhard was thus a form of therapy, but therapy conducted in a never-ending session, because there...

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