”Writing. You become addicted. Writing is a drug, too.”

Ein Interview von Thomas Bernhard lesen. Es ist Nacht. Es ist windig.

”Writers work at night”, sagt er.

Thomas Mann war, langweilig und uninspiriert, gutbürgerlich und schrieb für ein bürgerliches Publikum. Typisch deutsch-gutbürgerlich.

”The typical German-language writer. If long hair is in fashion, then he has long hair, if it’s short hair, then his is short too. If the left is in government, he runs to the left, if it’s the right, he runs that way, always the same. They’ve never had any character. Only those who died young, mostly. If they died at 18 or 24, well, at that age it’s not so hard to maintain some character, that only gets hard later. You get weak. Under 25, when no one needs more than an old pair of trousers, when you go barefoot and content yourself with a gulp of wine and some water, it’s not so difficult to have character. But afterwards. Then they all had none. At 40 they were all absorbed into political parties, totally paralysed. The coffee they drink in the morning is paid for by the state. And the bed they sleep in, and the holidays they go on, all paid for by the state. Nothing of their own any more.”

Q: Could a German author write the same way as an Austrian?

A: ”Certainly not. Thank God. The Germans are unmusical, it’s something quite different. And it’s noticeable. Before you even open the book you notice it, even in the title, a quite different… it has a totally different stink to it.”

”Writing. You become addicted. Writing is a drug, too.”

”You have to be here and be there. If you only frequent one section of society it’s stupid. You end up stunted. You need to take in and cast off as much as possible all the time. Most people make the mistake of remaining within a single caste and class, only mixing with butchers because they’re butchers, or only with bricklayers because they’re bricklayers, or with labourers because they’re labourers, or counts because they’re counts, or kings.”

”I think I understood something. You see, I’ve never liked my generation. Facebook, texts, all that – it has no romanticism. And then, when I came here, and discovered techno and that whole scene, I felt like I belonged to my generation. And I think you have to be modern, absolutely modern. So, as I’m proud of my generation, I decided to stop running away from modernity. I can’t remember who said this but it’s something like: whoever puts his hands in the wheel of time gets his arm ripped off. I belong to my time; we have our music and our drugs. And I don’t want to be like all the people who talk about all that but I have no choice. I want to abandon myself to modernity.”

Oscar Coop-Phane