Nicolas Mahler

The World-Fixer - Cartoons by Mahler

(German title: Der Weltverbesserer)
ca. 124 pages
Nicolas Mahler
Foto: Nicolas Mahler

Nicolas Mahler, born 1969, works as an Illustrator for Austrian, German and Swiss newspapers and magazines. He has published more than 20 books that have amongst others been published in Germany, France, the US and Canada.

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


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.


»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


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

Partyspaß mit Kant/Party With Kant (2015)

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Czech Republic (Archa)

Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften/The Man Without Qualities (2013)

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English world rights (Seagull), Spanish world rights (Salamandra), Italy (Edizioni Clichy), Czech Republic (Archa)

Gedichte/Poems (2013)

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English world rights (Seagull), Czech Republic (Archa)

Alice in Sussex/Alice in Sussex (2013)

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Spanish world rights (Salamandra), Slovenia (VigeVageKnjige)

Alte Meister/Old Masters (2011)

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