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Extinction

Bernhard, Thomas

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ISBN 10: 0704370859 / ISBN 13: 9780704370852
Editorial: Quartet, London, 1995
Condición: Near Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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Título: Extinction

Editorial: Quartet, London

Año de publicación: 1995

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Near Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine

Edición: 1st Edition

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From the late Thomas Bernhard, arguably Austria's most influential novelist of the postwar period, and one of the greatest artists in all twentieth-century literature in the German language, his magnum opus.

Extinction, Bernhard's last work of fiction, takes the form of the autobiographical testimony of Franz-Josef Murau, the intellectual black sheep of a powerful Austrian land-owning family. Murau lives in Rome in self-imposed exile from his family, surrounded by a coterie of artistic and intellectual friends. On returning from his sister's wedding to the "wine-cork manufacturer" on the family estate of Wolfsegg, having resolved never to go home again, Murau receives a telegram informing him of the death of his parents and brother in a car crash. Not only must he now go back, he must do so as the master of Wolfsegg. And he must decide its fate.

Divided into two halves, Extinction explores Murau's rush of memories of Wolfsegg as he stands at his Roman window considering the fateful telegram, in counterpoint to his return to Wolfsegg and the preparations for the funeral itself.

Written in the seamless style for which Bernhard became famous, Extinction is the ultimate proof of his extraordinary literary genius. It is his summing-up against Austria's treacherous past and -- in unprecedented fashion -- a revelation of his own incredibly complex personality, of his relationship with the world in which he lived, and the one he left behind.

A literary event of the first magnitude.

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"Not every raving maniac is a genius. Many are called but few are chosen. It's a pretty exclusive club, but Bernhard made it... Like Swift, Bernhard writes like a sacred monster... He is a remarkable literary performer: a man who goes to extremes in ways that vivify our sense of human possibilities. however destructive."

-- Richard Locke, Wall Street Journal

"To date America has been sadly immune to the charm and challenge of Bernhard's work and the American public has deprived itself of the deep and serious pleasure of reading one of the great writers of this century... Already in Europe The Loser is known as one of the great works of world literature. Its arrival on these shores is a significant literary event." -- Thomas McGonigle, New York Newsday

"The book is an exemplar of linguistics scholar Roman Jakobson's 'axis of combination,' the stuff, the very bones of prose. This faith in what might be called the 'candor' of prose gives the book an enormous verve and power."

-- Gilbert Sorrentino, Washington Post Book World

"The appearance in English of The Loser two years after Bernhard's death is an occasion for both celebration and sadness. Celebration, because it provides yet another opportunity to draw attention to one of the century's most gifted writers: sadness, because it reminds one yet again how few people, and not only those in the English-speaking world, have read him."

-- David Plott, Philadelphia Inquirer

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