Feb 02 2011

Thomas Bernhard on writing and the German language

Published by at 7:24 am under Uncategorized

Uranium Madhouse Muse Thomas Bernhard expresses himself with characteristic acerbity on his vocation and his mother tongue:

Whatever you write it’s always a catastrophe. That’s the depressing thing about the fate of a writer. One can never put on paper what one thought of or imagined. That gets lost when it is put onto paper. All you deliver is a bad, ridiculous copy of what you had imagined. Basically, one cannot communicate all that. No one ever managed to do so. It’s especially hard in the German language because that language is wooden and clumsy, disgusting. A terrible language that kills everything light and wonderful.

Heh. Bernhard is not one to put things mildly. For that matter, neither are we.

H/T John Daigre

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