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Instead of the book he's meant to write, Rudolph, a Viennese musicologist, produces this tale of procrastination, failure, and despair, a dark and grotesquely funny story of small woes writ large and profound horrors detailed and rehearsed to the point of distraction.

"Certain books—few—assert literary importance instantly, profoundly. This new novel by the internationally praised but not widely known Austrian writer is one of those—a book of mysterious dark beauty . . . . [It] is overwhelming; one wants to read it again, immediately, to re-experience its intricate innovations, not to let go of this masterful work."—John Rechy, Los Angeles Times

"Rudolph is not obstructed by some malfunctions in part of his being—his being itself is a knot. And as Bernhard's narrative proceeds, we begin to register the dimensions of his crisis, its self-consuming circularity . . . . Where rage of this intensity is directed outward, we often find the sociopath; where inward, the suicide. Where it breaks out laterally, onto the page, we sometimes find a most unsettling artistic vision."—Sven Birkerts, The New Republic

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"Like Swift, Bernhard writes like a sacred monster....A remarkable literary performer: he goes to extremes in ways that vivify our sense of human possibilities, however destructive". — Richard Locke, Wall Street Journal

"The excellence of Bernard — and it is a kind virtuosity, ably maintained in this American translation — is to make his monotonous loathing not only sting but also, like Gould at the piano, sing". — Paul Griffiths, Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226043982
Translator:
McLintock, David
Author:
Berhard, Thomas
Author:
Bernhard, Thomas
Author:
McLintock, David
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Phoenix Fiction
Series Volume:
al-°adad 1
Publication Date:
19860615
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
156
Dimensions:
7.89x5.22x.47 in. .43 lbs.

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Product details 156 pages University of Chicago Press - English 9780226043982 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Like Swift, Bernhard writes like a sacred monster....A remarkable literary performer: he goes to extremes in ways that vivify our sense of human possibilities, however destructive". — Richard Locke, Wall Street Journal

"The excellence of Bernard — and it is a kind virtuosity, ably maintained in this American translation — is to make his monotonous loathing not only sting but also, like Gould at the piano, sing". — Paul Griffiths, Times Literary Supplement

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