Old Masters: A Comedy

Author(s): Thomas Bernhard

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In this exuberantly satirical novel, the tutor Atzbacher has been summoned by his friend Reger to meet him in a Viennese museum. While Reger gazes at a Tintoretto portrait, Atzbacher--who fears Reger's plans to kill himself--gives us a portrait of the musicologist: his wisdom, his devotion to his wife, and his love-hate relationship with art. With characteristically acerbic wit, Bernhard exposes the pretensions and aspirations of humanity in a novel at once pessimistic and strangely exhilarating. "Bernhard's . . . most enjoyable novel."--Robert Craft, "New York Review of Books." "Bernhard is one of the masters of contemporary European fiction." --George Steiner


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Widely acclaimed as a novelist, playwright, and poet, Thomas Bernhard (1931-89) won many of the most prestigious literary prizes of Europe, including the Austrian State Prize, the Bremen and Bruchner prizes, and Le Prix Seguier.

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  • : 9780226043913
  • : University of Chicago Press
  • : University of Chicago Press
  • : November 1985
  • : 203mm X 133mm X 13mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Thomas Bernhard
  • : Paperback
  • : Reprinted edition
  • : English
  • : 833.914
  • : 160