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Thomas Bernhard combined a searing wit and an unwavering gaze into the human condition. His debut novel, Frost, marked the beginning of one of the century's most provocative literary careers. Visceral, raw, singular, and unforgettable, Frost is the story of a friendship between a young man beginning his medical career and a painter in his final days. The youth has accepted an unusual assignment, to travel to a miserable mining town in the middle of nowhere in order to clinically--and secretly--observe and report on his mentor's reclusive brother, the painter Strauch. Carefully disguising himself as a law student with a love of Henry James, he befriends the aging artist and attempts to carry out his mission, only to find himself caught up in his subject's apparent more

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  • Paperback | 341 pages
  • 160.02 x 228.6 x 43.18mm | 748.42g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1400033519
  • 9781400033515
  • 180,235

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" If "Frost" is an apprentice work, a blast of raw feeling without the formal elegance of his later novels, it already heralds Bernhard' s urge not just to look death in the face but to climb directly into its mouth and produce a fearless report of the architectural dimensions of a place that few of us care to imagine for very long. In writing that is remarkable for how close it takes us to our own ending, Bernhard is, finally, uplifting and revelatory, because he does not turn away from the most central and awful part of reality. His characters are so ruthlessly determined not to be fooled that they ruin themselves before our eyes. This is mercilessly honest work that shows the moral consequences of being highly alert to life, and it is terrifying to read. As the narrator of "Frost "says of his own report, ' I could read the whole thing back, but I would only give myself a fright.' " - Ben Marcus, "Harper' s Magazine" " The late, brilliant Austrian writer' s first (1963) novel, previously untranslated, is a characteristic excoriation of all things great and small and the tragicomedy of existence . . . perversely exhilarating." - starred, "Kirkus Reviews" " Bernhard' s glorious talent for bleak existential monologues is second only to Beckett' s, and seems to have sprung up fully mature in his mesmerizing debut." - "Publishers Weekly" "From the Hardcover edition."show more

About Thomas Bernhard

Thomas Bernhard was born in Holland in 1931 and grew up in Austria. His interest in music and theater led him to study at the Akademie Mozarteum in Salzburg. He published nine novels, an autobiography, one volume of poetry, four collections of short stories, and six volumes of plays. He died in Austria in more

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2 7% (54)
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