BERNHARD’S HYPNOTIC HELL

Just completed “The Loser” by Thomas Berhard. Goes along with Ishiguro “The Unconsoled” in books which are

repetitive-deliberately, to induce:

hypnosis

“I cant bear any more of this but i keep reading(by the end)-its so vitriolic and negative (and I do not even get the putative “bitter” humour)” type thoughts

mild resentment- why am I reading this.?

But, of course, this is probably all the very point…

Bernhard’s narrative circles round a number of persons, principally the related(by the narrator)thoughts of a suicide victim, who was once called a “loser” by the great Glenn Gould, and who has (severely) internalised it.

I put these random thoughts on my blog because, beneath the resentful vitriol are:
loss

sadness

memory

yearning for what MIGHT have been(the suicide victim and the narrator might have been Glenn Gould.)

Sebald, on the other hand, like the piece of Enescu to which I am listening, and like the Bach aria “Schlummert ein”, sung by Janet Baker, touches on the sorrow of the whole world.

But I liked and slightly hated it and shall read more….

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Published by: decayetude

ENTHUSIASMS: CLASSICAL MUSIC, ESPECIALLY OBSCURE ROMANTIC COMPOSERS; BACH/HANDEL LITERATURE, ESPECIALLY THOUGHTFUL, WELL-WRITTEN(STYLISTICALLY)NOVELS W G SEBALD WALTER BENJAMIN THEODOR ADORNO(JUST BEGINNING!) AESTHETIC PHILOSOPHY GAY MEN'S WRITING;QUEER THEORY STIMULATING DISCUSSIONS(EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY) GOOD RICH THICK ESPRESSO MICHAEL PONTI SPRITUALITY/LIFE'S "AURA"(BENJAMIN), WHATEVER TRANSCENDENTAL THING YOU WANT TO CALL THIS MEMORY-the elusiveness thereof. LOST TIME AND AN ATTEMPT AT ITS REDEMPTION(NON THEISTICALLY/RELIGIOUSLY)

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