Your third volume from December oozes with stupidity and sanctimoniousness and in it stupidity and sanctimoniousness are equipoised in a classically Austrian fashion.
In his frivolous and slipshod [piece] “Journeys of Discovery in Our Fatherland,” Mr. David Axmann quotes and mentions Franz Stelzhamer, whom I esteem very highly, and on two occasions perfidiously spells the name of the Upper-Austrian poet identically and incorrectly. Stelzhamer’s name is Stelzhamer and not Stelzhammer; I have known this since I was a child. That is the difference!
For the collection of rotten bombast you have compiled in this volume there is unfortunately no remedy.
Thomas Bernhard, Ohlsdorf
Thomas Bernhard's Contribution to Mein(e) Feind(e) 
My work and I have as many enemies as Austria has citizens, including the administration in the Ballhausplatz and the parliament in the Ring. Apart from a couple of exceptions. Off of these exceptions I feed and exist. Now I have answered your blunt, timely, delicate question no less honestly than exhaustively.
 Editors' note: First published in Wiener Journal, Vol. 5, February 1981, p. 28.
Bernhard’s letter to the editors was followed by this note: “Stelzhamer’s name is of course Stelzhamer and not Stelzhammer. For this (perfidious?) error we beg our readers’ pardon. Nonetheless, we reject the charge of promulgating ‘rotten bombast’: to be unable (or unwilling) to impart as subtly dialectical a turn to one’s patriotism as Mr. Bernhard is not automatically to place oneself under suspicion of stupidity and sanctimoniousness. And we assuredly did not in Vol. 3.”
 Editors' note: First published in Mein(e) Feind(e) [≈My/Our Enemies]. Literary Almanac 1982, Salzburg: Residenz, 1982, p. 28.
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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.](