26.8.10

Thomas Bernhard/Thomas Mann

Stylistic connections between the two writers
Thomas Mann and Thomas Bernhard
Named Tomorrow reflects on similarities in the work of German writer Thomas Mann and Austrian, Thomas Bernhard: 'This is the first of Thomas Mann’s work I’ve read—and I’m only sixty pages in, at that— and I’ve only read a handful of Bernhard, but even this early in Doctor Faustus, it seems that one of Bernhard’s blatant tactics is a reductio ad absurdum of Mann’s style. That may or may not be a product of my limited reading, but I’m finding it impossible to ignore Bernhard as I’m reading Mann.'

Source: 'Bernhard in Mann', Named Tomorrow, 26 August 2010

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