One of bernhard's most acclaimed novels, the loser centers on a fictional relationship between piano virtuoso Glenn Gould and two of his fellow students who feel compelled to renounce their musical ambitions in the face of Gould's incomparable genius. One commits suicide, witty, while the other-- the obsessive, and self-mocking narrator-- has retreated into obscurity.
Extinction: A Novel Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - And he must decide its fate. Not only must he now go back, he must do so as the master of Wolfsegg. Written in the seamless, mesmerizing style for which Bernhard wasfamous, Extinction is the ultimate proof of his extraordinary literary genius. Used book in Good Condition. On returning from his sister’s wedding on the family estate of Wolfsegg, having resolved never to go home again, Murau receives a telegram informing him of the death of his parents and brother in a car crash.
The last work of fiction by one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists, Extinction is widely considered Thomas Bernhard’s magnum opus. Franz-josef murau—the intellectual black sheep of a powerful Austrian land-owning family—lives in Rome in self-imposed exile, surrounded by a coterie of artistic and intellectual friends.
Woodcutters Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - Fiercely observed, often hilarious, and “reminiscent of Ibsen and Strindberg” The New York Times Book Review, this exquisitely controversial novel was initially banned in its author’s homeland. A searing portrayal of vienna’s bourgeoisie, it begins with the arrival of an unnamed writer at an ‘artistic dinner’ hosted by a composer and his society wife—a couple he once admired and has come to loathe.
Woodcutters Vintage International #ad - Reflections on joana’s life and suicide are mixed with these denunciations until the famous actor arrives, bringing an explosive end to the evening that even the writer could not have seen coming. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. The guest of honor, a distinguished actor from the Burgtheater, is late.
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Wittgenstein's Nephew: A Novel Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - Used book in Good Condition. The narrator, named thomas bernhard, nephew of the celebrated philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, is stricken with a lung ailment; his friend Paul, is suffering from one of his periodic bouts of madness. Used book in Good Condition. It is 1967. Vintage Books USA. In separate wings of a Viennese hospital, two men lie bedridden.
As their once-casual friendship quickens, strange sense of humor, these two eccentric men begin to discover in each other a possible antidote to their feelings of hopelessness and mortality—a spiritual symmetry forged by their shared passion for music, disgust for bourgeois Vienna, and great fear in the face of death.
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Correction: A Novel Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - Used book in Good Condition. As an unnamed friend pieces together—literally, from thousands of slips of papers and one troubling manuscript—the puzzle of Rotheimer’s breakdown, what emerges is the story of a genius ceaselessly compelled to correct and refine his perceptions until the only logical conclusion is the negation of his own soul.
Correction: A Novel Vintage International #ad - Considered by many critics to be thomas Bernhard’s masterpiece, Correction is a cunningly crafted and unforgettable meditation on the tension between the desire for perfection and the knowledge that it is unattainable. Used book in Good Condition. Vintage Books USA. Used book in Good Condition. The scientist roithamer has dedicated the last six years of his life to “the Cone, ” an edifice of mathematically exact construction that he has erected in the center of his family’s estate in honor of his beloved sister.
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Concrete Vintage International #ad - A brilliant and haunting tale of procrastination, failure, and despair, Concrete is a perfect example of why Thomas Bernhard is remembered as “one of the masters of contemporary European fiction” George Steiner. Instead of the book he’s meant to write, rudolph, a Viennese musicologist, produces this dark and grotesquely funny account of small woes writ large, of profound horrors detailed and rehearsed to the point of distraction.
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A small child when he comes to england on a kindertransport in the summer of 1939, Jacques Austerlitz is told nothing of his real family by the Welsh Methodist minister and his wife who raise him. There, faced with the void at the heart of twentieth-century Europe, he struggles to rescue his heritage from oblivion.
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Gathering Evidence & My Prizes: A Memoir Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - From the age of twenty-one, everything he wrote was shaped by the urgency of a dying man’s testament—and where this account of his life ends, his art begins. Included in this edition is My Prizes, a collection of Bernhard’s viciously funny and revelatory essays on his later literary life. Written with a dark pain and drama that recalls the novels of Dickens, Gathering Evidence is a powerful and compelling memoir of youth by one of the twentieth century’s most gifted writers.
Gathering Evidence & My Prizes: A Memoir Vintage International #ad - He ran away from home at age fifteen. Vintage Books USA. Here is a portrait of the artist as a prize-winner: laconic, sardonic, shaking his head with biting amusement at the world and at himself. Used book in Good Condition. Modern Library. Used book in Good Condition. Born in 1931, the illegitimate child of an abandoned mother, Thomas Bernhard was brought up by an eccentric grandmother and an adored grandfather in right-wing, Catholic Austria.
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One morning a doctor and his son set out on daily rounds through the grim mountainous Austrian countryside. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. They observe the colorful characters they encounter—from an innkeeper whose wife has been murdered to a crippled musical prodigy kept in a cage—coping with physical misery, madness, and the brutality of the austere landscape.
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Vintage Books USA. While reger gazes at a tintoretto portrait, atzbacher—who fears Reger's plans to kill himself—gives us a portrait of the musicologist: his wisdom, his devotion to his wife, and his love-hate relationship with art. Most enjoyable novel. Robert craft, New York Review of Books. With characteristically acerbic wit, Bernhard exposes the pretensions and aspirations of humanity in a novel at once pessimistic and strangely exhilarating.
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