Ladies and gentlemen, 
I am speaking about a friend and happy man who accompanied my own life from earliest childhood onwards and in the most natural way recognized and scrupulously accepted and respected [me]. The contrasts, the uncanniness on my part as well as on his, were the decades-lasting witnesses of our [mutual] attachment.
He has reached the goal, because death is our goal.
Death is the goal—in this thought we intensify and motivate our lives. Death is the validation of our existence through lifelong intransigence, indefatigability, incorruptibility. The place where we ourselves, oriented towards our own goal, towards death, in truth and reality exist is (initially) nothing but the fear of death, then readiness for death, finally the consciousness of death. We know the way, we follow it as a matter of course, in the teeth of everything. At the end of all thought death is our consciousness, clarity the question.
This friend, character, artist, poet, I think [to myself], [is someone whom] I have always been permitted to understand, compelled to love!
He has reached the goal! We exist unyieldingly, unrelentingly [oriented] towards our goal as a matter of course. In his admittedly at-all-times-seldom- consequential matter-of-course way, he will be in my life and hence in my thoughts.
Vis-à-vis my own work he had a sensitivity of understanding that was second to none. I say this here quite emphatically and with enormous gratitude. He was [an entity] unto himself—devoid of prejudice!!
In The Long Roads, in that slim volume in which I have read very often and very eagerly, he writes, “In the encounter itself there is nothing perdurable. It bears the mark of transience in its essence. But its nucleus is the occurrence of mutual awareness. Its goal is [to take] the step from awareness to recognition.”
Thomas Bernhard delivered this eulogy in memory of Carl Zuckmayer on
Translation unauthorized but Copyright ©2014 by Douglas Robertson
Source: Der Wahrheit auf der Spur. Reden, Leserbriefe, Interviews, Feuilletons. Herausgegeben von Wolfram Bayer, Raimund Fellingerund und Martin Huber [Stalking the Truth. Speeches, Open Letters, Interviews, Newspaper Articles. Edited by Wolfram Bayer et al.](