Mountain brook of thoughts
Bernhard Thomas: El Malogrado
This is one of the strangest books I have read. A real mountainbrook of thoughts. Somehow related to the important Nobelists García Marques, Llosa, Saramago... but still different. Having read about ten books by these masters I am completely fed up with text without proper punctuation and paragraphing. But I could not refuse this Bernhard recommended so eagerly by my cklass mate and friend Viljo. And I must say: Bernhard grasps closer to the process of thinking than those mentioned. Somehow deeper in the brainstream, including repetitive passages just as you have them walking on a quiet forest path lacking any hurry whatsoever.
The subject of the book is the death of one of its personages Wertheimer, the Looser. The question is: what was the ultimate reason of his suicide? At the background there are Austrian mountains, two renowned musicians Glenn Gould and (Vladimir) Horowitz and the best of music the Goldberg Variations and the Art of the Fugue. Without Glenn Gould Wertheimer would be the top student in the master class. But there is the insuperable Gould. He was even better than Horowitz. Nobody could survive in the shadow of Glenn Gould. But was it the mere existence of this superhuman star that caused the death of Wertheimer? That is the question. Perhaps a careless word by the master or just the consiousness of inferiority?
At first very sceptic about the ability of following this stream of thoughts, but gradually noticing that it is possible. A hint to the future reader: read as fast as possible. That way you will better reach the feeling of folloowing the stream. This text lacks complicated expressions. So you can speed. The very special repeating of passages only helps to understanding. In the end and acouple of days later I feel it necessary to increase the number of stars from three to four.