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Thomas Bernhard

The World-Fixer - Cartoons by Mahler

(German title: Der Weltverbesserer)
ca. 124 pages
Clothbound
2014
Thomas Bernhard
Foto: Thomas Bernhard
© Andrej Reiser

Thomas Bernhard, born in 1931 in Heerlen (Netherlands), died in Gmunden (Austria) in 1989.

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Czech Republic (Archa)

The graphic novel adaptation of Thomas Bernhard’s »withering obloquy against the world« (Die Zeit) by Nicolas Mahler, the »existentialist of humour« (3sat Kulturzeit).

About

An elderly scholar, paralysed and hard of hearing, a philosopher and petty tyrant, who is set to receive an honorary doctorate for his barely comprehensible »Treatise for the Improvement of the World«, sits at home with his wife – his »necessary evil« – in anticipation of the conferral ceremony.

As they wait for the dignitaries to arrive, we witness not only the comedic pleasure of spiteful remarks seasoned with age, the merciless irony of a linguistic virtuoso and the terrifying image of a marriage gone sour, but also the contradictions and vulnerability of a peculiar human being, whose treatise advocates the »total eradication« of the world and who is celebrated but understood by this »crazy« world.

Praise

»Comics can hardly be funnier than the way Nicolas Mahler makes them. They are as unmistakable in their minimalist illustrations as they are in the richness of their content.« Andreas Platthaus, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Media

In conversation with Max Spallek, Nicolas Mahler reveals his rituals while drawing (»I lie down on the couch and think«), which are his favourite comic books, how and when he started to draw comics and that he »visits« his books in book shops.

Other publications

Alte Meister/Old Masters (2011)

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Spanish world rights (Sinsentido - published, rights reverted), Chinese simplex rights (Horizon), France (L'Association), Poland (Proszynski) Czech Republic (Archa)

Goethe schtirbt/Goethe schtirbt (2011)

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English world rights (Seagull), Spanish world rights (Alianza), France (Gallimard), Italy (Adelphi), Norway (Gyldendal Norsk), Serbia (Lom), Turkey (Yapi Kredi)

Der Wahrheit auf der Spur/On the Trail of the Truth (2010)

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Spanish world rights (Alianza), France (Gallimard), Italy (Adelphi), Czech Republic (Prostor), Turkey (Yapi Kredi)

Meine Preise/My Prizes (2009)

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Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (Roof Music)
 

Der Briefwechsel Thomas Bernhard/Siegfried Unseld/The Correspondence (2009)

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English world rights (Seagull), Spanish world rights (Complices)

Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (Der Hörverlag)

Werke in 22 Bänden/Extinction (1986)

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Werke in 22 Bänden/Old Masters (1985)

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Werke in 22 Bänden/Woodcutters (1984)

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Werke in 22 Bänden/The Loser (1983)

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USA (Alfred A. Knopf), UK (Faber & Faber), Spanish world rights (Alfaguara), Basque rights (Alberdania), Catalan rights (Raval), Brazilian Portuguese rights (Companhia das Letras), Portuguese rights (Relogio d’Agua), France (Gallimard), Italy (Adelphi), Denmark (Basilisk), Sweden (Tranan), Norway (Gyldendal Norsk), Finland (Teos), Korea (Munhakdongne), Japan (Ongaku No – published, rights reverted), Vietnam (Tao Dan), Poland (Czytelnik – published, rights reverted), Czech Republic (Prostor), Slovakia (Kalligram), Hungary (Europa – published, rights reverted), Bulgaria (Atlantis – published, rights reverted), Lithuania (Alma Littera – published, rights reverted), Croatia (Meandar – published, rights reverted), Serbia (LOM), Slovenia (Hermagoras), Turkey (Yapi Kredi), Greece (Exandas – published, rights reverted), Macedonia (Blesok), Albanian rights / Kosovo (Pa), Israel (Babel – published, rights reverted)

Wittgensteins Neffe/Wittgenstein’s Nephew (1982)

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USA (Alfred A. Knopf), UK (Faber & Faber), Spanish world rights (Anagrama), Catalan rights (Empuries – published, rights reverted), Chinese simplex rights (Horizon), Brazilian Portuguese rights (Rocco – published, rights reverted), Portuguese rights (Assirio & Alvim – published, rights reverted), Arabic world rights (Al-Mada – published, rights reverted), France (Gallimard), Italy (Adelphi), Netherlands (De Prom – published, rights reverted), Denmark (Gyldendal – published, rights reverted), Sweden (Tranan), Norway (Gyldendal Norsk), Finland (Teos), Korea (Purun), Japan (Ongaku No – published, rights reverted), Poland (Oficyna Literacka – published, rights reverted), Czech Republic (Prostor), Hungary (Magvetö – published, rights reverted), Bulgaria (Atlantis – published, rights reverted), Croatia (Meandar – published, rights reverted), Slovenia (Hermagoras – published, rights reverted), Turkey (Metis), Greece (Hestia – published, rights reverted), Israel (Am Oved)

Werke in 22 Bänden/Concrete (1982)

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Werke in 22 Bänden/Correction (1975)

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Werke in 22 Bänden/The Lime Works (1970)

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Werke in 22 Bänden/Gargoyles (1967)

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Werke in 22 Bänden/Frost (1963)

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