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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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Hardback Editions

January 1989 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: 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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January 1992 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: Wittgenstein's Nephew: A Novel (Vintage International)
Author(s): Thomas Bernhard
Publisher: Vintage
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January 2013 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Wittgenstein's Nephew: A Friendship (Faber Finds)
Author(s): Thomas Bernhard
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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