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Wittgenstein's Nephew

(1987)
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It is 1967. In separate wings of a Viennese hospital, two men lie bedridden. The narrator, named Thomas Bernhard, is stricken with a lung ailment; his friend Paul, nephew of the celebrated philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, is suffering from one of his periodic bouts of madness. As their once-casual friendship quickens, these two eccentric men begin to discover in each other a possible antidote to their feelings of hopelessness and mortality - a spiritual symmetry forged by their shared passion for music, strange sense of humor, disgust for bourgeois Vienna, and great fear in the face of death. Part memoir, part fiction, Wittgenstein's Nephew is both a meditation on the artist's struggle to maintain a solid foothold in a world gone incomprehensibly askew, and a stunning - if not haunting - eulogy to a real-life friendship.

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January 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: Wittgenstein's Nephew
Author(s): Thomas Bernhard
ISBN: 0-394-56376-X / 978-0-394-56376-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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February 1987 : UK Hardback
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Title: Wittgenstein's Nephew: A Friendship
Author(s): Thomas Bernhard
ISBN: 0-7043-2611-6 / 978-0-7043-2611-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quartet Books
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Paperback Editions

January 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Wittgenstein's Nephew: A Friendship (Faber Finds)
Author(s): Thomas Bernhard
ISBN: 0-571-28841-3 / 978-0-571-28841-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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October 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Wittgenstein's Nephew: A Novel (Vintage International)
Author(s): Thomas Bernhard
ISBN: 1-4000-7756-7 / 978-1-4000-7756-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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October 1992 : UK Paperback
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Title: Wittgenstein's Nephew
Author(s): Thomas Bernhard
ISBN: 0-09-976270-6 / 978-0-09-976270-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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February 1990 : USA Paperback
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Title: Wittgenstein's Nephew: A Friendship (Phoenix Fiction)
Author(s): Thomas Bernhard
ISBN: 0-226-04392-4 / 978-0-226-04392-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
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Kindle Editions

January 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Wittgenstein's Nephew: A Novel (Vintage International)
Author(s): Thomas Bernhard
Publisher: Vintage
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January 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Wittgenstein's Nephew: A Friendship (Faber Finds)
Author(s): Thomas Bernhard
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK