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Concrete - Thomas Bernhard, David McLintock
Concrete
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Instead of the book he’s meant to write, Rudolph, a Viennese musicologist, produces this dark and grotesquely funny account of small woes writ large, of profound horrors detailed and rehearsed to the point of distraction. We learn of Rudolph’s sister, whose help he invites, then reviles as... show more
Instead of the book he’s meant to write, Rudolph, a Viennese musicologist, produces this dark and grotesquely funny account of small woes writ large, of profound horrors detailed and rehearsed to the point of distraction. We learn of Rudolph’s sister, whose help he invites, then reviles as malevolent meddling; his ‘really marvelous’ house, which he hates; the suspicious illness he carefully nurses; his ten-year-long attempt to write the perfect opening sentence; and, finally, his escape to the island of Majorca, which turns out to be the site of someone else’s very real horror story. A brilliant and haunting tale of procrastination, failure, and despair, Concrete is a perfect example of why Thomas Bernhard is remembered as “one of the masters of contemporary European fiction” (George Steiner).
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781400077571 (1400077575)
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 156
Edition language: English
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M Sarki
M Sarki rated it
4.0 Concrete
http://msarki.tumblr.com/post/79383376331/concrete-by-thomas-bernhardIt is almost impossible to write a critical review of a book I read almost twenty years ago and now am attempting to read again after having been philosophically and physically altered so dramatically from the person I was way back...
tinasimms
tinasimms rated it
3.0 Concrete (Vintage International)
All in all, this is a strange book. I really enjoy books that toy with form, and Bernhard definitely does that in Concrete. For one, the entire novel is one paragraph. Yes, one. There are no "passages" or line breaks--it's all one long inner monologue. Some may find this book tedious, and not...
AC
AC rated it
A remarkably varied and intricate book, despite its being so short and claustophobic...A mix of Kafka, Proust, Notes from the Underground, and something much more modern and existential... Quite surprising.... I will have to read more Bernhard before I can know what I've just read.
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