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Nicolas Mahler

Thomas Bernhard - The Incorrect Biography

Nicolas Mahler
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Nicolas Mahler, born in 1969, lives in Vienna where he works as a comic artist and illustrator. His comic strips and cartoons have been published by newspapers and magazines such as DIE ZEIT, NZZ am Sonntag, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung and Titanic. He has received numerous awards for his extensive oeuvre, including the 2010 Max and Moritz Prize for »Best German-Language Comic Artist« and the 2015 Preis der Literaturhäuser.

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»Thomas Bernhard is born in Heerlen (the Netherlands) on February 9, 1931. The afterbirth has the shape of Austria.« – thus begins Bernhard’s biography as drawn by comic artist Nicolas Mahler.

The grand master of minimalism, who has previously and »congenially« adapted Bernhard’s Old Masters and The World-Fixer, takes readers on a wickedly funny tour through the life of the famous master of exaggeration in 99 dynamic-comical images – from growing up without a father to the close relationship with his grandfather Johannes Freumbichler and to his first literary successes and performances of his plays.

Bernhard’s prizes and scandals are just as much a part of the book as his illness, his Lebensmensch Hedwig Stavianicek and the relationship with his publisher Siegfried Unseld – a biography in highlights as only Nicolas Mahler can present it.

Praise

»In Mahler’s work the author’s inner turmoil is made vivid in chronological images.« Helena Raspe, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung

»The comic biography is incredibly funny to read and look at – a masterpiece.« Christine Lecerf, Le Monde

»Mahler‘s mostly face- but never expressionless figures are tiny without being cute.« Judith von Sternburg, Frankfurter Rundschau

»The reader never knows which is more beautiful: Bernhard’s often wonderfully flighty disclosures in interviews or Mahler’s illustrations ...« Gerrit Bartels, Der Tagesspiegel

»[…] a cheerfully wicked comic that unfolds the mesmerising life of this enfant terrible of Austrian literature in 99 anecdotes and gives a pithy impression of Thomas Bernhard’s personality.« Ralph Trommer, taz. die tageszeitung

»With laconism, irony and empathy this book is a gateway into the Bernhard universe that truly whets one’s appetite.« Michael Wurmitze, Der Standard

»Mahler draws a humorously wicked tour through the life of the great master of exaggeration in dynamic and funny images.« Dieter Kaltwasser, General-Anzeiger

Other publications

Ulysses/Ulysses (2020)

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English world rights (Seagull), Chinese simplex rights (Horizon)

Auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Zeit/In Search Of Lost Time. Adapted from Marcel Proust (2017)

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English world rights (Seagull), Chinese simplex rights (Horizon)

Partyspaß mit Kant/Party Fun With Kant (2015)

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English world rights (Seagull), Chinese simplex rights (Horizon), Czech Republic (Archa)

Der Weltverbesserer/The World-Fixer (2014)

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

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

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English world rights (Seagull), Spanish world rights (Salamandra), Chinese simplex rights (Horizon), 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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English world rights (Seagull), Spanish world rights (Salamandra), Russia (Boomkniga), Slovenia (VigeVageKnjige)

Alte Meister/Old Masters (2011)

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English world rights (Seagull), Chinese simplex rights (Horizon), France (L'Association), Poland (Proszynski) Czech Republic (Archa); previously published in the respective language / territory; rights available again: Spanish world rights (Sinsentido)