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Voice Imitator

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ISBN-10: 0226044025

ISBN-13: 9780226044026

Edition: N/A

Authors: Thomas Bernhard, Kenneth J. Northcott

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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 totalitarianism, and the interplay of reality and appearance. In this stunning translation of The Voice Imitator, Bernhard gives us one of his most darkly comic works. A series of parable-like anecdotes--some drawn from newspaper reports, some from conversation, some from hearsay--this satire is both subtle and acerbic. What initially appear to be quaint little stories inevitably indict the sterility and callousness of modern life, not just in urban centers but everywhere. Bernhard presents an ordinary world careening into absurdity and disaster. Politicians, professionals, tourists, civil servants--the usual victims of Bernhard's inspired misanthropy--succumb one after another to madness, mishap, or suicide. The shortest piece, titled "Mail," illustrates the anonymity and alienation that have become standard in contemporary society: "For years after our mother's death, the Post Office still delivered letters that were addressed to her. The Post Office had taken no notice of her death." In his disarming, sometimes hilarious style, Bernhard delivers a lethal punch with every anecdote. George Steiner has connected Bernhard to "the great constellation of Kafka, Musil, and Broch," and John Updike has compared him to Grass, Handke, and Weiss. The Voice Imitator reminds us that Thomas Bernhard remains the most caustic satirist of our age.
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Book details

List price: $12.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 110
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
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.

 Kenneth J. Northcott is professor emeritus of German at the University of Chicago. He has translated a number of books for the University of Chicago Press.

Hamsun The Voice Imitator
Character Assassination
Fourati Brochure
Pisa and Venice Fear
One-Way Journey
Inner Compulsion
Speleologists In Lima Almost
Example Charity
Good Advice Prejudice
Suspicion Exchange
Early Train Beautiful View
The Tables Turned
Hotel Waldhaus Haumer the Logger
In Earnest Too Much
Prescription Disappointed Englishmen
The Most Successful Concert
Scientific Purposes
Profound and Shallow Character
Moosprugger's Mistake
Mail Claim
Comedy Warning Emigrated Unworldly
At Their Mercy
De Orio Photographers
Schluemberger Discovery
Mimosa A Famous Dancer
Guilty Conscience
Forgotten Piccadilly Circus
Increased In the Frauengraben
The Panthers Wrong Note
The Auszugler
The Milkmaid
The Needlewoman
The Loden Coat
Papermakers Boundary Stone
Two Brothers
Natural Giant
Natural History
Question in the Provincial Parliament
Two Notes Unrequited
Love Party of Tourists
True Love
Impossible Feeling
A Self-Willed Author
Unfulfilled Wish
Presence of Mind
Supplemental Income
Silo Famous
No Soul
The Prince
Prince Potocki Lec
The Royal Vault Contradiction
Fruitfulness Coming to Terms Decision
Civil Service After You
Imagination Expedition Legacy
Double Luck
Political Science
Consistency Near Sulden Perast
Madness Care
In Rome Withdrawn Like Robert Schumann
Respect Genius 998
Times Returned