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Thomas Bernhard
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Thomas Bernhard was born in Holland in 1931 and grew up in Austria. He studied music at the Akademie Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 1957 he began a second career, as a playwright, poet, and novelist. The winner of the three most distinguished and coveted literary prizes awarded in Germany, he has become one of the most widely translated and admired writers of his generation. He published nine novels, an autobiography, one volume of poetry, four collections of short stories, and six volumes of plays. Thomas Bernhard died in Austria in 1989.

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Concrete

Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 10, 2010
Price: $15.00

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... Read more >
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Concrete

Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 16, 2013
Price: $11.99

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Correction
A Novel
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $16.00

The scientist Roithamer has dedicated the last six years of his life to “the Cone,” an edifice of mathematically exact construction that he has erected in the center of his family’s estate in honor of his beloved sister. Not long after its completion, he takes his own life. As an unnamed... Read more >
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Correction
A Novel
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 23, 2013
Price: $11.99

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Extinction
A Novel
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $16.00

The last work of fiction by one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists, Extinction is widely considered Thomas Bernhard’s magnum opus.

Franz-Josef Murau—the intellectual black sheep of a powerful Austrian land-owning family—lives in Rome in self-imposed exile, surrounded by a coterie of artistic and intellectual friends. On returning from his sister’s wedding... Read more >
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Extinction
A Novel
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 21, 2013
Price: $11.99

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Frost
A Novel
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $16.95

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... Read more >
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Frost
A Novel
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 24, 2010
Price: $13.99

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Gargoyles
A Novel
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: Trade Paperback, 228 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 17, 2006
Price: $15.00

The playwright and novelist Thomas Bernhard was one of the most widely translated and admired writers of his generation, winner of the three most coveted literary prizes in Germany. Gargoyles, one of his earliest novels, is a singular, surreal study of the nature of humanity.

One morning a doctor and his son... Read more >
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Gargoyles
A Novel
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 1, 2010
Price: $11.99

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Gathering Evidence & My Prizes
A Memoir
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $16.95

Written with a dark pain and drama that recalls the novels of Dickens, Gathering Evidence is a powerful and compelling memoir of youth by one of the twentieth century’s most gifted writers.

Born in 1931, the illegitimate child of an abandoned mother, Thomas Bernhard was brought up by an eccentric grandmother... Read more >

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The Lime Works
A Novel
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $16.00

For five years, Konrad has imprisoned himself and his crippled wife in an abandoned lime works where he’s conducted odd auditory experiments and prepared to write his masterwork, The Sense of Hearing. As the story begins, he’s just blown the head off his wife with the Mannlicher carbine she kept strapped... Read more >
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The Lime Works
A Novel
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 2, 2013
Price: $11.99

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The Loser
A Novel
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 17, 2006
Price: $15.00

Thomas Bernhard was one of the most original writers of the twentieth century. His formal innovation ranks with Beckett and Kafka, his outrageously cantankerous voice recalls Dostoevsky, but his gift for lacerating, lyrical, provocative prose is incomparably his own.

One of Bernhard's most acclaimed novels, The Loser centers on a fictional relationship... Read more >
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The Loser
A Novel
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 10, 2010
Price: $11.99

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My Prizes
An Accounting
Written by Thomas Bernhard
Translated by Carol Janeway


Format: eBook, 144 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 23, 2010
Price: $14.99

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Wittgenstein's Nephew
A Novel
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 13, 2009
Price: $14.00

It is 1967. In separate wings of a Viennese hospital, two men lie bedridden. The narrator, named Thomas Bernhard, is stricken with a lung ailment; his friend Paul, nephew of the celebrated philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, is suffering from one of his periodic bouts of madness. As their once-casual friendship quickens, these... Read more >
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Wittgenstein's Nephew
A Novel
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: eBook, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 16, 2013
Price: $9.99

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Woodcutters

Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 10, 2010
Price: $16.00

Fiercely observed, often hilarious, and “reminiscent of Ibsen and Strindberg” (The New York Times Book Review), this exquisitely controversial novel was initially banned in its author’s homeland.

A searing portrayal of Vienna’s bourgeoisie, it begins with the arrival of an unnamed writer at an ‘artistic dinner’ hosted by a composer and his... Read more >
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Woodcutters

Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: eBook, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 23, 2013
Price: $11.99

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