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    Victor Halfwit: A Winter's Tale (Seagull World Literature) (Hardback) By (author) Thomas Bernhard, Translated by Martin Chalmers, Illustrated by Sunandini Banerjee

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    DescriptionOne night in the middle of winter, as deep snow covers the mountains and forests of Austria, a doctor is crossing a ridge from Traich to Foding to see a patient. He stumbles over a body in the darkness and fears it is a corpse. But it's not a corpse at all - in fact, it's wooden-legged Victor Halfwit, collapsed, but still very much alive. So begins this dark and comic tale by celebrated Austrian playwright, novelist, and poet Thomas Bernhard. We discover that Halfwit foolishly made a bet with a local mill owner that Halfwit could cover the distance between Traich and Foding in an hour or less - despite his wooden legs, the darkness of the night, the deep snow, and the brutal mid-winter cold. Thanks to the serendipitous presence of the doctor, Halfwit wins the bet and thus will be able to buy the new boots that he desired - but he has destroyed his wooden legs in the very process of winning. "Victor Halfwit" may have originally been conceived as an absurd fable for children, but Bernhard's masterly grasp of the intersection of tragedy and comedy renders this a story for all ages.

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    Victor Halfwit
    A Winter's Tale
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Thomas Bernhard, Translated by Martin Chalmers, Illustrated by Sunandini Banerjee
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 96
    Width: 233 mm
    Height: 291 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 1,462 g
    ISBN 13: 9781906497644
    ISBN 10: 1906497648

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    DC21: 833.914
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    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 71
    BISAC V2.8: FIC016000
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A23305030
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    DC22: 833/.914
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    LC classification: PT2662.E7 V5313 2011
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Illustrations note
    45 colour plates
    Seagull Books London Ltd
    Imprint name
    Seagull Books London Ltd
    Publication date
    01 July 2011
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    Author Information
    Thomas Bernhard (1931-89) grew up in Salzburg and Vienna, where he studied music. In 1957 he began a second career as a playwright, poet, and novelist. He went on to win many of the most prestigious literary awards of Europe. Martin Chalmers is a translator and editor whose translations include works by Hubert Fichte, Ernst Weiss, Herta Mueller, Alexander Kluge, Emine Sevgi Oezdamar, and Erich Hackl. Sunandini Banerjee is an editor, translator, and graphic designer who lives and works in Calcutta.
    Review quote
    "The feeling grows that Thomas Bernhard is the most original, concentrated novelist writing in German. His connections... with the great constellation of Kafka, Musil, and Broch become ever clearer." - George Steiner, Times Literary Supplement "What is extraordinary about Bernhard is that his relentless pessimism never seems open to ridicule; his world is so powerfully imagined that it can seem to surround you like little else in literature." - New Yorker"