Thomas Bernhard

1931 - 1989

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Nicolaas Thomas Bernhard (German: [ˈtoːmas ˈbɛʁnhaʁt]; 9 February 1931 – 12 February 1989) was an Austrian novelist, playwright, poet and polemicist who is considered one of the most important German-language authors of the postwar era. He explored themes of death, isolation, obsession and illness in controversial literature that was pessimistic about the human condition and highly critical of post-war Austrian and European culture. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Bernhard has received more than 730,427 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Thomas Bernhard is the 414th most popular writer (down from 410th in 2019), the 46th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 43rd in 2019) and the most popular Dutch Writer.

Thomas Bernhard is most famous for his novels, which are often satirical and pessimistic, and his poetry.

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  • 48

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 8.49

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.87

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

At the behest of his surgical mentor, a young Austrian medical student poses as a law student to journey to a remote mining town in order to observe Strauch, an aging painter and brother of his mentor, without letting Strauch know his true occupation, and becomes caught up in the lives of the mad artist and a colorful assortment of local characters, in the first English edition of the author's debut novel.

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Over the past year Thomas Bernhard has had the most page views in the with 121,906 views, followed by English (96,356), and Italian (36,611). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are (858.62%), Piedmontese (87.66%), and Catalan (84.24%)


Among writers, Thomas Bernhard ranks 414 out of 7,302Before him are René Guénon, Michel Houellebecq, Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, Alfred de Musset, Qu Yuan, and Sylvia Plath. After him are Patrick Modiano, Ivar Aasen, Savitribai Phule, Heinrich Mann, John Keats, and Arion.

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Among people born in 1931, Thomas Bernhard ranks 21Before him are Chun Doo-hwan, Anita Ekberg, Monica Vitti, Alice Munro, Roger Penrose, and Annie Girardot. After him are Josef Masopust, Anatoly Dyatlov, Desmond Tutu, Rupert Murdoch, Guy Debord, and Leonard Nimoy. Among people deceased in 1989, Thomas Bernhard ranks 24Before him are Laurence Olivier, Dolores Ibárruri, Vladimir Horowitz, Graham Chapman, Sándor Márai, and Andrei Gromyko. After him are Hu Yaobang, Ferdinand Marcos, Silvana Mangano, Sugar Ray Robinson, Emilio Segrè, and George Beadle.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Thomas Bernhard ranks 46 out of 1,646Before him are Jan van Riebeeck (1619), Jan Steen (1626), Ruud Gullit (1962), Theo van Gogh (1857), Frank Rijkaard (1962), and Paul Verhoeven (1938). After him are Peter Debye (1884), Max Euwe (1901), Christiaan Eijkman (1858), Jacob van Ruisdael (1628), Rem Koolhaas (1944), and Frits Zernike (1888).

Among WRITERS In Netherlands

Among writers born in Netherlands, Thomas Bernhard ranks 1After him are Isabelle de Charrière (1740), Multatuli (1820), Harry Mulisch (1927), Robert van Gulik (1910), Etty Hillesum (1914), Cees Nooteboom (1933), Dick Bruna (1927), Constantijn Huygens (1596), Isaac Titsingh (1745), Jacob Cats (1577), and Aagje Deken (1741).