Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Geoff Dyer on a sore winner

I can't remember whether it's the author (played by Charlotte Rampling)
or her publisher (Charles Dance), but in Fran├žois Ozon's film The Swimming Pool
one of them remarks that literary prizes are like hemorrhoids: Sooner
or later, every asshole gets one. This sentiment might have been used as
an epigraph to the Austrian author Thomas Bernhard's
My Prizes, an "accounting" of the many literary awards that began coming his way in the mid- 1960s...