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Monday, February 08, 2010
Wittgenstien's Nephew by Thomas Bernhard
This is a book about madness and friendship. Written as a memoir, which in part it is, it describes Bernhard's friendship with the great philosopher's mad nephew Paul Wittgenstein. What is most moving about this book is that the author, while vividly describing his friend's madness, also conveys how terribly important his friendship with this madman is to him. In the end it is not a book so much about Paul's madness as about Thomas' frailty and his sadness at the loss of a dear friend.