Correction The scientist Roithamer has dedicated the last six years of his life to the Cone an edifice of mathematically exact construction that he has erected in the center of his family s estate in honor of h

  • Title: Correction
  • Author: Thomas Bernhard Sophie Wilkins
  • ISBN: 9781400077601
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
  • The scientist Roithamer has dedicated the last six years of his life to the Cone, an edifice of mathematically exact construction that he has erected in the center of his family s estate in honor of his beloved sister Not long after its completion, he takes his own life As an unnamed friend pieces together literally, from thousands of slips of papers and one troublingThe scientist Roithamer has dedicated the last six years of his life to the Cone, an edifice of mathematically exact construction that he has erected in the center of his family s estate in honor of his beloved sister Not long after its completion, he takes his own life As an unnamed friend pieces together literally, from thousands of slips of papers and one troubling manuscript the puzzle of Rotheimer s breakdown, what emerges is the story of a genius ceaselessly compelled to correct and refine his perceptions until the only logical conclusion is the negation of his own soul Considered by many critics to be Thomas Bernhard s masterpiece, Correction is a cunningly crafted and unforgettable meditation on the tension between the desire for perfection and the knowledge that it is unattainable.

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    • William1 says:

      Thomas Bernhard's novels constitute perhaps the most enigmatic prose reading experience of my life. His novels are brilliant puzzles, and a single reading will probably not vouchsafe you all of a given novel's secrets. Correction seems a prime example. Here we are again with the typical first-person Bernhard narrator, a highly unreliable, socially connected but insensitive individual, who's circular in his reasoning, repetitious in his verbal style, almost monomaniacal in his focus, and whose to [...]

    • Hugh says:

      This is my second experience of reading Bernhard - I read Old Masters last year, so I had a pretty good idea of what to expect from this one. Unlike Old Masters, which was written as a single long sentence, this one has normal (if convoluted) sentences, but apart from one section break halfway through, there are no paragraph breaks. This sounds forbidding but what remains is surprisingly readable, though still very nihilistic and misanthropic. In the first half of the book, the narrator explains [...]

    • Fionnuala says:

      I read this some years ago but it remains vivid in my memory, so vivid in fact that I think it might be one of the most fascinating reading experiences I've ever had because during the time I spent reading it I felt physically hypnotised by the writing, completely drawn in to the narrator's world which is really the main character Roithamer's world since the narrator is involved in the editing of his childhood friend's writings after his death, and as Roithamer's writings have already been subje [...]

    • Stephen P says:

      The story is of obsession, the obsession of the protagonist to build a perfect Conical dwelling for his sister. It will be built in the exact center of a forrest to the exact dimensions of her character and needs. He needs to be away from others to work in locked solitude.As a child his mother abhorred who he truly was, his father indifferent and withdrawn, his brothers buying into the families conventions. Isolation whether with others or alone was his only means of survival, of maintaining his [...]

    • Szplug says:

      Who hasn't experienced that 3 AM clarity, when—having been rudely yanked away from the dreamy re-runs currently playing in slumberland—wakefulness descends upon you with an unwanted crispness, retuning your awareness to one that acutely perceives and identifies things and strains formerly subsumed into your everyday existence—personality traits, crippling delusions and illusions, carefully constructed battlements and barriers that have been erected to ward off select discernment or apprehe [...]

    • MJ Nicholls says:

      As John Peel once remarked about The Fall, “always different, always the same”, and this applies to the dissonant pulveriser Thomas Bernhard too, with Correction his Perverted by Language. (In fact, a more studious Fall/Bernhard scholar might spend some time compiling a diverting buzzfeed pairing off Fall albums to Bernhard novels [and that person will be me—check back in 2018]). As remarked in the blurb, the protagonist Roithamer is based on Wittgenstein, but knowledge of that popular phi [...]

    • Lee says:

      This is the novel Ben Marcus referred to in his contra-JFranz defense of difficulty in that Harper's essay. He says that according to a little function that used to be on , to read and comprehend Thomas Bernhard's "Correction" requires 355 years of education. Like all Bernhard, it's never really difficult reading -- it's more about endurance, this one more than any of the others because it's three or four times longer than any of the others. This one includes for example at least ten pages of re [...]

    • Cosimo says:

      La radura possibile“Tutta l'epoca in cui viviamo oggi in verità è sempre stata contro il pensiero e si limita a fingere di pensare, la tendenza oggi è contro il pensiero ed è per la finzione, come in genere tutta quest'epoca in cui viviamo è finta, tutto è finto, nulla è reale, tutto è finto”.Nella visione letteraria di Thomas Bernhard la descrizione è il contrario del reale: tutto è vero ed è falso, il linguaggio è inutile, siamo solo esecutori mancanti, la superficie terrestre [...]

    • Florencia says:

      Dear Flor, because you read The Book of Disquiet and since you have nothing on your to-read shelfI, , recommend you this book.*reads summary; smiles; nods; wants this book, now*

    • Francisco H. González says:

      Algunos libros o los acabas o corren el riesgo de aniquilarte, así Thomas Bernhard, así Corrección. Con Bernhard me pasa algo curioso. Leí Sí, hace un tiempo y no me gustó especialmente. Era la suya una melodía que chirriaba en mi interior. Hace unos meses leí El origen, donde Bernhard echaba pestes de sus años de mocedad, del papel letal del nacionalsocialismo y de la religión en su vida, de la educación que machaca y de los padres que tiene descendencia para machacarla. Me gustó lo [...]

    • Eddie Watkins says:

      LichtungI posit that Roithamer would authorize this rewrite of his masterwork "About Altensam and everything connected with Altensam, with special attention to the Cone". Of course his ultimate correction of a correction of a correction, etc. would have been a blank page with only the memory of now non-existent verbiage, with heavy traces of extreme anguish, but my rewrite has the advantage of not only representing this blankness but of showing what that blankness represents, which is a clearing [...]

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    • Antonius Block says:

      Koliko voliš da ruminiraš u tri ujutru o besmislu ljudskog postojanja na skali od jedan do Tomas Bernhard?

    • Maru Kun says:

      Found a Thomas Bernhard blog with loads of links to articles and criticism! Should be a lot of fun.

    • Scott Gates says:

      One of the things Bernhard’s novels don’t seem to have is an overall form, or imposed sense of organization, there are no chapter-like blocks for example, and along with this there is never a section within one of his novels that strikes out on a new path, rarely a part that reads fresher than the thousands of words preceding it, there is never a “new” section, or even a so-called paragraph, there is relentlessly and always never a new paragraph, a so-called new starting point, never the [...]

    • César says:

      La novela más lograda de Thomas Bernhard. En su interior resuena Kafka. El texto se desarrolla siguiendo la forma del Cono: parte de amplias circunvalaciones que van reduciendo su perímetro a medida que se gana altura. Roithamer es un caso de trastorno obsesivo-compulsivo elevado a la máxima potencia. La persona de Roithamer es su cerebro, su cabeza. Roithamer es solo y exclusivamente una cabeza. Cualquier proceso tendente a la apropiación total de la Naturaleza por parte de una cabeza termi [...]

    • Oliver Twist & Shout says:

      Algo curioso me ha ocurrido con este libro. Cuando llevaba quizá tres cuartas partes leídas, opinaba que sí, me estaba gustando, aunque sin demasiadas fiestas. Si lo pienso, en parte era debido a que, siendo la séptima obra que leo de este escritor, ya no sorprende que su prosa torrencial resulte tan sumamente legible y por lo tanto no tenía la sensación de estar superando ningún desafío. Básicamente, eso ya lo había hecho en ocasiones anteriores. Ésta no era más que una reiteración [...]

    • jeremy says:

      many of the authors of whom i'm most enamored left me confounded and astounded upon my first foray into their writing. i suppose encountering greatness may always be like that initially - it's evident you've just witnessed something particularly special, however unable you are to yet make sense of what exactly you've just witnessed. so it is reading thomas bernhard for the first time. no book description, jacket copy, or recommendation in kind could really ready one for bernhard's style or story [...]

    • Curtainthief says:

      It's hard to know where to begin with this book. The temptation is to write a hyper-analytical review incorporating vague knowledge gleaned from Heidegger's page and an abandoned read-along of Being and Time to the free Dreyfus lectures on Open Culture, but I might in that case find myself initiating a process of fact-checking and correction, given the gleaned-ness of my knowledge of Heidegger, that would inevitably result in the annihilation of the review I had originally intended to write. Ma [...]

    • Dhandayutha says:

      One of my all time favorite novel. A Masterpiece of Bernhard.It was weininger who said it is impossible to transcend the object one hate.It is always very easy to throw what you love?Is it possible to throw or get rid of what you hate?One always has a complicated relationship with hate.One doesn't know what is love?When lot of writers talks about the impossible thing in life,I always thought it must be some challenge or an egoistic ideals.Atlast it seems love is impossible thing in life.What is [...]

    • una_sussa says:

      Austria. L'imbalsamatore Holler riempie di cellulosa un grosso uccello nero. È incredibile quanto sia tenace questa attività, quanta cellulosa riesca a stipare all'interno dell'animale, sembra che il gesto rasenti il disfacimento dei tessuti della creatura. Dalla soffitta, l'ospite di Holler – voce narrante – deve “esaminare e riordinare” gli appunti dell'amico Roithamer, appunti che ha stipato con energica esasperazione nei cassetti, temendo di diventare folle. Ed è appunto Roithamer [...]

    • Oscar says:

      Bernhard no da concesiones al lector, no busca su complacencia, es el lector el que se ha de adaptar a Bernhard y no al contrario. Has de dejarte llevar por el remolino de su escritura, algo que cuesta al principio, y una vez dentro del remolino, has de dejarte arrastrar. Porque Bernhard escribe con la tiranía y la obsesión de una gota que va horadando una roca poco a poco a lo largo del tiempo. Te somete a una atención constante, torturante. Bernhard escribe sin puntos y aparte, todo forma u [...]

    • J-Man says:

      Čitanje ove knjige se odužilo iz prostog razloga što je u pitanju bio engleski prevod. Bernhard je poznat po posvećivanju velike pažnje stilu i po muzikalnosti svojih rečenica ali na engleskom to sve zvuči kao škripanje noktiju po tabli. Što je zanimljivo, jer se Vitgenštajn, koji je poslužio kao uzor za glavnog junaka, bavio filozofijom jezika, nemački mu je bio maternji, studirao je i predavao između ostalog i na engleskom a profesori su mu bili suvoparni engleski autori poput Ras [...]

    • Tosh says:

      Thomas Bernhard is just one of those unique genius type of writers that never gets it wrong. Well, at least the one's I have read so far. But this obsessive writer writing about obsession of sorts is an amazing journey into his brain - and it's a rough ride there, but well worth the price of the book and the time as well.

    • Simon Robs says:

      Good lord what kind of abomination is/was this [book] really!? Fifty pages in I almost pulled the plug, something I almost never do – but then I perused some of you trusted GR’s’ four&five star reviews and headed back for more. TB is/was a thoroughly disturbed man of that there can be NO doubt, his obsessive pigeonholing and browbeating a reader nearly to “correction” as he puts it makes for an exasperating if not futile undertaking to follow him down that rabbit hole that turns ou [...]

    • Mauro says:

      Recently, in a dark booth at a so-called restaurant, some friends and I, and by ‘some friends’ here I mean a stellar group of fellow members of the [Sans Name] Writing group, including the great Vauhini Vara, read out loud from the first 85 pages of Correction, one person per period, continuously for approximately four hours, and either because of the Bloody Marys or the maddening repetition (and here I mean 'maddening' as a compliment), I fell in love with Correction more than the first tim [...]

    • Nigel says:

      The narrator writes, as he says himself, "with utmost ruthlessness". The strength of the writing is that this ruthlessness expresses and describes both beauty and truth. And in wearing down our resistance to the idea that ruthlessness is true and beautiful Bernhard produces more dread and discomfort than in any other writing I've known.Four stars, not five, because the other of Bernhard's novels I've read ('Extinction')' does this even more powerfully, and with broader historical scope.Both dema [...]

    • Víctor Galán says:

      "Corrección" es una de las mejores novelas del escritor de origen holandés Thomas Bernhard. Siguiendo su estilo habitual, Bernhard nos describe un proceso obsesivo que deriva en la locura de los dos protagonistas principales, involucrando directamente al lector mediante el uso de la primera persona, la redundancia de frases y la ausencia de capítulos y puntos y a parte. Leer una novela de este autor supone experimentar de primera mano los pensamientos de los protagonistas, sus obsesiones, sus [...]

    • John Beck says:

      Read the first paragraph and you'll understand why I like this book.

    • Elise says:

      A hypnotic overlapping of an unhinged genius and a suspiciously similarly unhinged narrator until their boundaries blur together and perfection through annihilation is sought.

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