"With the death of that person everything was gone. You are alone then. First you also want to die. Then you search. You had turned all the people you also had in life into something less important during your life. Then you're alone. You have to cope," - Thomas Bernhard, Austria's postwar writer, on losing his "Lebensmensch" or "life companion."
A new book, My Prizes, collects "the background and circumstances of reception of nine literary prizes that Bernhard was awarded between 1963 and 1980, followed by some of the speeches he delivered on those occasions."
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