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Old Masters - Thomas Bernhard, Ewald Osers
Old Masters
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In this exuberantly satirical novel, the tutor Atzbacher has beensummoned by his friend Reger to meet him in a Viennese museum. WhileReger gazes at a Tintoretto portrait, Atzbacher—who fears Reger'splans to kill himself—gives us a portrait of the musicologist: hiswisdom, his devotion to his wife,... show more
In this exuberantly satirical novel, the tutor Atzbacher has beensummoned by his friend Reger to meet him in a Viennese museum. WhileReger gazes at a Tintoretto portrait, Atzbacher—who fears Reger'splans to kill himself—gives us a portrait of the musicologist: hiswisdom, his devotion to his wife, and his love-hate relationship withart. With characteristically acerbic wit, Bernhard exposes thepretensions and aspirations of humanity in a novel at once pessimisticand 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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780226043913 (0226043916)
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
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AC
AC rated it
Read about half of this - it is a self-parody (as the subtitle suggests: "a comedy"), and so is less compelling. There are some fascinating passages, such as the passage on life (and art) as fragment (rather than as whole), which can serve as a set-piece for 'modernism'.Still, not my favorite Bernha...
buchflimmern
buchflimmern rated it
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Puuh... Noch nie sind mir 300 Seiten so unangenehm lang vorgekommen. Wer will schon über eine derartige Spanne dem Geschimpfe eines 82-jährigen folgen? Der Vorteil dieser sich ständig wiederholenden Zetereien: Man kann sich besser auf die Form konzentrieren und geht nicht so sehr im Inhalt verloren ...
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