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Publisher Comments:

The Loser is a brilliant fictional account of an imaginary

relationship among three men—the late piano virtuoso Glenn Gould, the

unnamed narrator, and a fictional pianist, Wertheimer—who meet in 1953

to study with Vladimir Horowitz. In the face of Gould's incomparable

genius, Wertheimer and the narrator renounce their musical ambition, but

in very different ways. While the latter sets out to write a book about

Gould, Wertheimer sinks deep into despair and self-destruction.

"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 Bernhard—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

"[He is] one of the century's most gifted writers."—David Plott,

Philadelphia Inquirer

"America has been sadly immune to the charm and challenge of Bernhard's

work and the American public has deprived itself of the deep and serious

pleasure of reading one of the great writers of this century. . . . One

of the great works of world literature. Its arrival on these shores is a

significant literary event."—Thomas McGonigle, New York Newsday

Review:

"This 'relentless inner monologue,' as Mark A. Anderson characterizes the novel in an 'Afterword,' is typical of Bernhard's difficult, hypnotic, and compelling work. It is a fictionalized biography of the Canadian pianist Glen Gould, onto which Bernhard—one of Europe's most eloquent writers—grafts details from his own life and, as always, obsessions, which include death, suicide, self-identity, the nature of truth, artistic creativity, and existence. The prose also is obsessive, with the elliptical repetitions and looping sentences which double back on one another while at the same time propelling the reader forward on their beautiful cadences. Bernhard's characters (Bernhard himself, in the minds of his numerous hostile critics) are slightly off center, spectators in society who observe human nature from a distance with an ironic eye. Bernhard's work is iconoclastic, corrosive, and frequently very funny; one feels slightly soiled after reading him." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Synopsis:

"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:
9780226043883
Subtitle:
A Novel
Translator:
Dawson, Jack
Translator:
Dawson, Jack
Author:
Bernhard, Thomas
Author:
Dawson, Jack
Other:
Dawson, Jack
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Canada
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Pianists
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Musical fiction.
Subject:
Pianists -- Canada -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Phoenix Fiction
Series Volume:
no. 5
Publication Date:
19961115
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
196
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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Product details 196 pages University of Chicago Press - English 9780226043883 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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