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Woodcutters

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Thomas Bernhard, one of the most distinct, celebrated, and perverse of 20th century writers, took his own life in 1989. Perhaps the greatest Austrian writer of the 20th century, Bernhard's vision in novels like Woodcutters was relentlessly bleak and comically nihilistic. His prose is torrential and his style unmistakable. Bernhard is the missing link between Kafka, Beckett, Michel Houellebecq and Lars von Trier; without Bernhard, the literature of alienation and self-contempt would be bereft of its great practitioner. Woodcutters is widely recognised as his masterpiece. Over the course of a few hours, following a performance of Ibsen's The Wild Duck, we are in the company of the Auersbergers, and our narrator, who never once leaves the relative comfort of his 'wing-backed chair' where he sips at a glass of champagne. As they anticipate the arrival of the star actor, and the commencement of dinner, the narrator of Woodcutters dismantles the hollow pretentiousness at the heart of the Austrian bourgeoisie. The effect is devastating; the horror only redeemed by the humour.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 124 x 196 x 14mm | 158.76g
  • FABER & FABER
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 0571276091
  • 9780571276097
  • 103,808

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"Superbly distinctive and provocative. . . . An unusually intense, engrossing literary experience."--"The New York Times Book Review""Musical, dramatic and set in Vienna, "Woodcutters" resembles a Strauss operetta with a libretto by Beckett. . . . Bernhard is easily the most original and important writer in German since Gunter Grass."--"Chicago Tribune""Bernhard's narrators are prodigious haters, and yet we love them; they are too brilliant for it to be otherwise."--"Salon" "No other book by Bernhard could possibly constitute a better introduction to his work as a whole. Apart from perfectly illustrating his shrewdness, disgruntlement and acute awareness, "Woodcutters" is very funny."--"The Washington Post"show more

About Thomas Bernhard

Thomas Bernhard (1931-1989) won many of the most prestigious literary prizes in Europe, including the Austrian State Prize, the Breman and Bruchner Prizes and Le Pix Seguier. Among his novels are The Loser, Concrete, and Extinction, all of which are available in Faber Finds.show more

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2,166 ratings
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