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In my interview with him, I asked Micheal Hofmann what he thought of Thomas Bernhard's poetry. Well, those of us who can't read German now have the chance to read James Reidel's translation of The Lunatics - The Inmates (via Wood s Lot):


... a sixteen-page poem written early in Thomas Bernhard's career and originally published privately. Though not all of Bernhard's obsessions surface in the poem--the prose passages in particular possess the logic and the structure of thought that would characterize Bernhard's first novel Frost and the novels that followed it. For this e-chapbook, every attempt has been made to preserve the original (and sometimes eccentric) spacing and pagination of the original.

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