Extinction by Thomas Bernhard PDF


By Thomas Bernhard

ISBN-10: 1400077613

ISBN-13: 9781400077618

The final paintings of fiction through one of many 20th century’s maximum artists, Extinction is largely thought of Thomas Bernhard’s magnum opus.
Franz-Josef Murau—the highbrow black sheep of a strong Austrian land-owning family—lives in Rome in self-imposed exile, surrounded via a coterie of creative and highbrow acquaintances. On strolling back from his sister’s marriage ceremony at the relations property of Wolfsegg, having resolved by no means to move domestic back, Murau gets a telegram informing him of the dying of his mom and dad and brother in a vehicle crash. not just needs to he now return, he needs to achieve this because the grasp of Wolfsegg. And he needs to make a decision its destiny. Written within the seamless, enthralling kind for which Bernhard was
famous, Extinction is the final word evidence of his outstanding literary genius.

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It will not be surrendered because fortune may have favored a tyrant through long and hard years; fortune is blind, and one day when it cannot find its favorite amid the dense smoke and the suffocating dust clouds of combat, farewell tyrant! farewell tyranny! It will not be surrendered because all those brutal, ignorant colonial traditions may have overtaken, in a misguided moment, the minds of the inexperienced masses; political convulsions also bring experience and knowledge, and it is a law of humanity that new interests, fecund ideas, and progress will triumph in the end over aging traditions, ignorant habits, and fixed prejudices.

To attempt this, I need to examine the ground and visit the scenes of action, hear the accomplices’ revelations, the victims’ depositions, the old people’s recollections, the painful stories of mothers who speak from the heart; I need to hear the confused echo of the common people, who have seen but have not understood, 42 I N T RO D U C T I O N who have been victim and executioner, actor and witness. The maturity of a finished event and the passing of one era to another, a change in the fortune of the nation, are needed in order to look backward fruitfully, making of history an example rather than a revenge.

Except for ideas, except for consolation, except for encouragement; no weapon is ours to bring to those combatants beyond the I N T RO D U C T I O N 37 one that the free press of Chile provides to all free men. The press! The press! Behold, tyrant, the enemy you suffocated among us. Behold the golden fleece we try to win. Behold how the presses of France, England, Brazil, Montevideo, Chile, and Corrientes will disturb your slumber, amid your victims’ sepulchral silence; behold how you have been compelled to steal the gift of language in order to excuse your evil, a gift given only to promote good.

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