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Thomas Bernhard

The Cheap-Eaters

For years, the four cheap-eaters have been eating at a certain Viennese public kitchen, from Monday to Friday, always the cheapest meals. They become the focus of Koller’s scientific attention when, one day, he doesn’t go to Alte Esche but to Alte Eiche instead and realises that they constitute the focal piece of his study on physiognomics entitled The Cheap-Eaters. The narrator – a bank clerk and former school friend of Koller’s – tries to hint at the vague insinuations Koller makes towards him about the content of this study.

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Thomas Bernhard

Walking

A powerful, compact novella, Walking provides a perfect introduction to the absurd, dark, and uncommonly comic world of Bernhard, showing a preoccupation with themes—illness and madness, isolation, tragic friendships—that would obsess Bernhard throughout his career.

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Thomas Bernhard

Goethe schtirbt

Thomas Bernhard did not live to see these stories published in book-form: he was too preoccupied with his monumental novel Auslöschung and the play Heldenplatz and the ensuing scandal to see it through to completion.

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Thomas Bernhard

Yes

»Yes«, answers the Persian woman, the protagonist of Thomas Bernhard’s novel published in 1978, to the narrator’s question of whether is going to kill herself one day – and laughs.

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Thomas Bernhard

My Prizes

This hitherto unpublished comedic work shows Bernhard at the very top of his art: invective, flabbergasted, swearing and ridiculing. Thomas Bernhard quarrels with the world in general, the cultural world in particular, and most especially, with himself.

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Thomas Bernhard

On the Trail of the Truth

Thomas Bernhard and the public sphere: scarcely a single utterance that didn’t provoke a scandal. This volume presents a selection of Bernhard’s most important pieces of journalism, letters to the editor, public statements and portentous interviews, which for the most part have never before been available in book-form.

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Thomas Bernhard

Frost

A young medical student accepts an assignment to monitor the painter Strauch who has withdrawn to the mountain village of Weng. He dutifully records Strauch’s monologues and visions in his notes until he realizes that this encounter, which he had believed he would be able to handle, has begun to overwhelm him completely.

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Thomas Bernhard

Gargoyles

The playwright and novelist Thomas Bernhard was one of the most widely translated and admired writers of his generation, winner of the three most coveted literary prizes in Germany. Gargoyles, one of his earliest novels, is a singular, surreal study of the nature of humanity.

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Thomas Bernhard

The Lime Works

For five years, Konrad has imprisoned himself and his crippled wife in an abandoned lime works where he’s conducted odd auditory experiments and prepared to write his masterwork, The Sense of Hearing.

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Thomas Bernhard

Correction

»A body,« according to Correction, first published in German in 1975, »needs at least three points of support, not in a straight line, to fix its position, so Roithamer had written.« The novel Correction itself has three »points of support«.

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Thomas Bernhard

Concrete

Instead of the book he’s meant to write, Rudolph, a Viennese musicologist, produces this dark and grotesquely funny account of small woes writ large, of profound horrors detailed and rehearsed to the point of distraction.

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Thomas Bernhard

The Loser

Thomas Bernhard was one of the most original writers of the twentieth century. His formal innovation ranks with Beckett and Kafka, his outrageously cantankerous voice recalls Dostoevsky, but his gift for lacerating, lyrical, provocative prose is incomparably his own.

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Thomas Bernhard

Woodcutters

Fiercely observed, often hilarious, and »reminiscent of Ibsen and Strindberg« (The New York Times Book Review), this exquisitely controversial novel was initially banned in its author’s homeland.

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Thomas Bernhard

Old Masters

Old Masters is Thomas Bernhard's devilishly funny story about the friendship between two old men.

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Thomas Bernhard

Extinction

»Extinction« is the title of an account that Franz-Josef Murau wrote during the last year of his life in Rome and that Thomas Bernhard made public. These notes were absolutely essential to Murau for they were concerned with the theme that had destroyed his entire existence: his background.

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Thomas Bernhard

Wittgenstein’s Nephew

With this work on the history of a friendship, published in 1982, Bernhard offers an autobiography, describing his childhood and youth in five volumes as well as his life between the years 1967 and 1979. During a stay in a sanatorium, his friendship with Paul Wittgenstein, which had begun with passionate discussions about music, deepened.

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Thomas Bernhard, Siegfried Unseld

The Correspondence

»If anyone has been hoping for just one last undiscovered drama by Thomas Bernhard, here it is. Its title is Correspondence, its birth spanning from 1961 to Bernhard's death in 1989.« Die Zeit

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Marcel Beyer

The Century that Cried itself Blind

Considering this current moment of great change as well as the 20th century when death became a master from Germany, is literature still possible? Does it still have a reason for being in a post-Auschwitz world where all cultural production can only be an expression of barbarism? Or is literature necessary, indeed indispensible, precisely because of such atrocities? Which methods must such a literature use? The 2016 Georg Büchner Prize-winning writer examines these questions and more in his poetic explorations and has a succinct and far-reaching answer at hand: through the fine-tuning of the material of reality like literature.

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Marcel Beyer

The Karnau Tapes

World War II. The final days of the Third Reich. Hermann Karnau, a sound engineer, is obsessively compiling an archive of every conceivable nuance of human sound. Karnau's work so impresses Hitler's leading propagandist that he entrusts his five children to Karnau's care while his wife is giving birth to the sixth. Helga, the eldest daughter, who is wise beyond her years, forms a warm bond of friendship with the engineer.

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Marcel Beyer

Kaltenburg

Marcel Beyer has written a grand new novel, a panorama spanning German history from the 1930s up to the present. Like in his successful Flughunde (The Karnau Tapes), Marcel Beyer so skilfully interweaves the personal with the historical that we follow spellbound the catastrophic course of events in 20th-century Germany.

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