Thomas Bernhard




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  • General Fiction

    Apr-2016

    This collection of four stories by the writer George Steiner called “one of the masters of European fiction” is, as longtime fans of Thomas Bernhard would expect, bleakly comic and inspiringly rancorous. The subject of his stories vary: in one, G...

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  • Literary

    Oct-2015

    Thomas Bernhard is “one of the masters of contemporary European fiction” (George Steiner); “one of the century’s most gifted writers” (Newsday); “a virtuoso of rancor and rage” (Bookforum). And although he is favorably compared with Fra...

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  • General Fiction

    Jul-2011

    One night in the middle of winter, as deep snow covers the mountains and forests, a doctor is crossing the ridge in Austria from Traich to Föding to see a patient. He stumbles over a body in the darkness and fears it is a corpse. But it’s not a co...

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  • General Fiction

    Aug-2010

    “His manner of speaking, like that of all the subordinated, excluded, was awkward, like a body full of wounds, into which at any time anyone can strew salt, yet so insistent, that it is painful to listen to him,” from The CarpenterThe Austrian pl...

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  • Literary

    Mar-2010

    For twenty years, Konrad has imprisoned himself and his crippled wife in an abandoned lime works where he's conducted odd auditory experiments and prepared to write his masterwork, The Sense of Hearing. As the story begins, he's just blown the head o...

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  • General Fiction

    Oct-2006

    Thomas Bernhard combined a searing wit and an unwavering gaze into the human condition. His debut novel, Frost, marked the beginning of one of the century’s most provocative literary careers.Visceral, raw, singular, and unforgettable, Frost is the ...

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  • General Fiction

    Oct-2006

    The playwright and novelist Thomas Bernhard was one of the most widely translated and admired writers of his generation, winner of the three most coveted literary prizes in Germany. Gargoyles, one of his earliest novels, is a singular, surreal study ...

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  • Literary

    Jul-2003

    Thomas Bernhard is one of the masters of contemporary European fiction (George Steiner); one of the century's most gifted writers (New York Newsday); a virtuoso of rancor and rage (Bookforum). His evocations and descriptions of the constant psychic c...

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  • Literary

    Mar-2003

    Roithamer has committed suicide having been driven to madness by his own frightening powers of pure thought. We witness the gradual breakdown of a genius ceaselessly compelled to correct and refine his perceptions until the only logical conclusion of...

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  • General Fiction

    Nov-1998

    The Austrian playwright, novelist, and poet Thomas Bernhard (1931-89) is acknowledged as among the major writers of our times. At once pessimistic and exhilarating, Bernhard's work depicts the corruption of the modern world, the dynamics of totalitar...

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  • General Fiction

    Aug-1997

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  • General Fiction

    Sep-1995

    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 Rom...

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  • General Fiction

    Jan-1993

    A black comedy of manners in which Bernhard portrays Viennese bourgeois society, the theatre world, and civilization itself. The narrator has spent the last 30 years in London. On a brief trip to Vienna he meets a couple he knew in his youth, who tel...

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  • General Fiction

    Dec-1992

    Old Masters (1985) is Thomas Bernhard's devilishly funny story about the friendship between two old men. For over thirty years Reger, a music critic, has sat on the same bench in front of a Tintoretto painting in a Viennese museum, thinking and rail...

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  • General Fiction

    Dec-1992

    The narrator, a scientist working on antibodies and suffering from emotional and mental illness, meets a Persian woman, the companion of a Swiss engineer, at an office in rural Austria. For the scientist, his endless talks with the strange Asian woma...

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  • General Fiction

    Sep-1991

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  • General Fiction

    Jan-1989

    It is 1967. In separate wings of a Viennese hospital, two men lie bedridden. The narrator, named Thomas Bernhard, is stricken with a lung ailment; his friend Paul, nephew of the celebrated philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, is suffering from one of his...

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  • Literary

    Jan-1988

    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, ...

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  • Literary

    May-1984

    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. We learn of Rudolph’s si...

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