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ISBN-10: 0226043983

ISBN-13: 9780226043982

Edition: N/A

Authors: Thomas Bernhard, David McLintock

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Instead of the book he's meant to write, Rudolph, a Viennese musicologist, produces this tale of procrastination, failure, and despair, a dark and grotesquely funny story of small woes writ large and profound horrors detailed and rehearsed to the point of distraction. "Certain books--few--assert literary importance instantly, profoundly. This new novel by the internationally praised but not widely known Austrian writer is one of those--a book of mysterious dark beauty . . . . [It] is overwhelming; one wants to read it again, immediately, to re-experience its intricate innovations, not to let go of this masterful work."--John Rechy, Los Angeles Times "Rudolph is not obstructed by some…    
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/15/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 156
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Thomas Bernhard was born to Austrian parents in Holland and reared by his mother in the vicinity of Salzburg. His temperament and erratic health created difficulties for him as he grew up in a society governed by National Socialists. Bernhard found the alpine landscapes of his native Austria far more harsh than lyrical. The isolation of the characters in his novels is only slightly mitigated by friendship, generally only between men, and never by love. Yet many readers feel this lack of sentimentality gives Bernhard's work an epic power.