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Bernhard, Thomas

Works: 1,789 works in 7,588 publications in 18 languages and 74,628 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Musical fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Biographies  Domestic fiction  Monologues (Drama)  Drama  History 
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Roles: Author, Creator, Other, Interviewee, Bibliographic antecedent, Dedicatee, Honoree, Contributor, Performer, Editor, ed
Classifications: PT2662.E7, 833.914
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Frost by Thomas Bernhard( Book )

114 editions published between 1963 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frost follows an unnamed young Austrian who accepts an unusual assignment. Rather than continue with his medical studies, he travels to a bleak mining town in the back of beyond, in order to clinically observe the aged painter, Strauch, who happens to be the brother of this young man's surgical mentor. The catch is this: Strauch must not know the young man's true occupation or the reason for his arrival. Posing as a promising law student with a love of Henry James, the young man befriends the mad artist and is caught up among an equally extraordinary cast of local characters, from his resentful landlady to the town's mining engineers
Woodcutters by Thomas Bernhard( Book )

59 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 society wife'a couple he once admired and has come to loathe. The guest of honor, a distinguished actor from the Burgtheater, is late. As the other guests wait impatiently, they are seen through the critical eye of the writer, who narrates a silent but frenzied tirade against these former friends, most of whom have been brought together by Joana, a woman they buried earlier that day. Reflections on Joana's life and suicide are mixed with these denunciations until the famous actor arrives, bringing an explosive end to the evening that even the writer could not have seen coming
Beton by Thomas Bernhard( Book )

83 editions published between 1982 and 2015 in 11 languages and held by 770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rudolf, der Erzähler dieses 1982 erschienenen Buches, bereitet seit einem Jahrzehnt mit leidenschaftlichem Ernst eine größere wissenschaftliche Arbeit über seinen Lieblingskomponisten Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy vor. Nachdem er zuerst durch den Besuch seiner Schwester und dann, nach ihrem Weggang, durch die quälende Furcht, sie könnte wieder zurückkommen, am Schreiben des ersten Satzes seiner Studie gehindert wird, quält ihn die "Hölle des Alleinseins". Deshalb packt er die Koffer, nimmt nur die wichtigsten seiner Schriftstücke mit, um in Palma seine Arbeit zu realisieren. In einem dortigen Cafe erinnert er sich an eine junge Frau, die ihn bei seinem letzten Palma-Aufenthalt vor eineinhalb Jahren angesprochen hatte. Sie war verzweifelt, ihr Mann hatte sich nachts vom Balkon des Hotels Paris gestürzt. Auf dem Friedhof von Palma, in einem der sieben Stock hohen Betonbestattungskästen, ist er beerdigt worden. Noch jetzt, eineinhalb Jahre danach, sieht er das verzweifelte Gesicht der Frau. Nun hat er eine Reihe von ersten Sätzen für seine Arbeit im Ohr, aber auch das Unglück der jungen Frau. Er nimmt ein Taxi, fährt zum Friedhof und findet an der Tafel neben dem Namen des Mannes nun auch den Namen der Frau: suicido, erfährt er
Ja by Thomas Bernhard( Book )

74 editions published between 1978 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een geleerde die in volkomen isolement leeft doet een wanhopige poging om contact te maken met een medemens
Heldenplatz by Thomas Bernhard( Book )

91 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Polemische toneeltekst over de Oostenrijkse volksaard
Correction by Thomas Bernhard( Book )

47 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 friend pieces together'literally, from thousands of slips of papers and one troubling manuscript'the puzzle of Rotheimer's breakdown, what emerges is the story of a genius ceaselessly compelled to correct and refine his perceptions until the only logical conclusion is the negation of his own soul. Considered by many critics to be Thomas Bernhard's masterpiece, Correction is a cunningly crafted and unforgettable meditation on the tension between the desire for perfection and the knowledge that it is unattainable
Das Kalkwerk; Roman by Thomas Bernhard( Book )

97 editions published between 1970 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In der Nacht vom 24. zum 25. Dezember erschießt Konrad seine verkrüppelte, seit Jahren an den Rollstuhl gefesselte Frau. Zwei Tage später findet ihn die Polizei halb erfroren in einer ausgetrockneten Jauchegrube. Er läßt sich widerstandslos abführen. Thomas Bernhard beschreibt in seinem Roman Konrads Gründe für diese Tat
Extinction : a novel by Thomas Bernhard( Book )

34 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
The loser by Thomas Bernhard( Book )

21 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 638 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1953 three friends, among whom is the later to be famous Glenn Gould, study with Horowitz. Rarely sleeping, hardly eating, they burn intensely with the flame of ambition. Gould achieves success, while the two others renounce their ambition in strikingly different ways
Concrete by Thomas Bernhard( Book )

17 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and German and held by 587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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)
Korrektur : Roman by Thomas Bernhard( Book )

51 editions published between 1975 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alte Meister : Komödie by Thomas Bernhard( Book )

54 editions published between 1985 and 2015 in German and Undetermined and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gesprekken en gedachten over kunst en het culturele klimaat in Oostenrijk van een muziekfilosoof en een geleerde
Die Kälte : eine Isolation by Thomas Bernhard( Book )

71 editions published between 1981 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sie sind der Schlüssel zum Werk von Thomas Bernhard. Sie kehren sein Innerstes nach außen. Kein Text, der intimer, berührender ist als die fünf zwischen 1975 und 1982 geschriebenen Erzählungen, in denen der Autor seine traumatischen Kindheits- und Jugenderinnerungen beschreibt. In gnadenloser Diktion erzählt er von der Schande seiner unehelichen Geburt, vom Verstoß durch die Mutter und von Aufenthalten in nationalsozialistischen Erziehungsheimen. Seine schwere Tuberkuloseerkrankung bringt ihn an den Rand des Todes. Doch er entscheidet sich für das Leben. Fünf berührende Erzählungen, gelesen von fünf der besten deutschsprachigen Schauspieler
Auslöschung : ein Zerfall by Thomas Bernhard( Book )

61 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in German and Undetermined and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een Oostenrijkse intellectueel rekent in een hevige tirade af met zijn familie, die model staat voor de door hem verfoeide Oostenrijkse mentaliteit
Holzfällen : eine Erregung by Thomas Bernhard( Book )

62 editions published between 1984 and 2016 in German and Undetermined and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aan het kritisch oog van de ik-figuur die alles en iedereen verafschuwt trekt tijdens een feestmaal een stoet van rijke burgers van Wenen voorbij
The lime works by Thomas Bernhard( Book )

28 editions published between 1973 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 to her wheelchair. The murder and the bizarre life that led to it are the subject of a mass of hearsay related by an unnamed life-insurance salesman in a narrative as mazy, byzantine, and mysterious as the lime works'Konrad's sanctuary and tomb
Der Untergeher by Thomas Bernhard( Book )

54 editions published between 1898 and 2012 in German and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"...Account of an imagined relationship among three men--including the late piano virtuoso Glenn Gould, who meet in 1953 to study with Vladimir Horowitz. In the face of Gould's incomparable genius, his two fellow students renounce their musical ambition, but in very different ways."--From the English translation published in 1996 by the University of Chicago Press
Gargoyles by Thomas Bernhard( Book )

12 editions published between 1970 and 2010 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early one morning a doctor sets out with his son on his daily rounds through the forbidding moutainouse countryside. Their visits, a succession of grotesque portraits- a diabetic industrialist living in incestuous isolation with his half-sister; three brothers, occupying a mill set in a deep gorge, who have just strangled a bevy of exotic birds; a crippled musical prodigy whose sister locks him in a cage- lead them to a castle and a paranoid prince, whose 'almost uninterrupted monologue for a hundred pages is a virtuoso verbal performance ... an extraordinary, somber first novel
Die Billigesser by Thomas Bernhard( Book )

33 editions published between 1980 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gehen by Thomas Bernhard( Book )

57 editions published between 1971 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Walking records the conversations of the unnamed narrator and his friend Oehler while they walk, discussing anything that comes to mind but always circling back to their mutual friend Karrer, who has gone irrevocably mad."
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Beleunhaleuteu, Tomaseu 1931-1989

Bernard, Tômâs 1931-1989

Bernchard, Tomas 1931-1989

Berncharnt, Tomas

Bernhard, Nicolaas Thomas

Bernhard, Nicolaas Thomas 1931-1989

Bernhard, Nicolas Thomas

Bernhard Thomas

Bernhard, Thomas 1931-1988

Bernhard, Thomas 1931-1989

Bernhard, Thomas Nicolas 1931-1989

Bernhard, Tomas

Bernhârd, Tômâs 1931-1989

Bernhardi, T̕omas 1931-1989

Bernhardt, Thomas.

Berunharuto, Tōmasu 1931-1989

Berŭnharŭtʻŭ, Tʻomasŭ

Birnhād, Tūmās 1931-1989

Birnhārt, Tūmas̄ 1931-1989

Boenhade, Tuomasi 1931-1989

Fabian, Thomas

Mperncharnt, Tomas 1931-1989

Nicolaas Thomas Bernhard

Perŭnharŭt'ŭ, T'omasŭ 1931-1989

Thomas Bernhard austriacki pisarz i dramaturg

Thomas Bernhard Austrian writer

Thomas Bernhard écrivain autrichien

Thomas Bernhard escriptor austríac

Thomas Bernhard escritor austríaco

Thomas Bernhard Oostenrijks schrijver

Thomas Bernhard osztrák író, költő, drámaíró

Thomas Bernhard Rakouský dramatik a spisovatel

Thomas Bernhard scrittore, romanziere e drammaturgo austriaco

To ma seu Be leun ha leu teu 1931-1989

Tomaseu-Beleunhaleuteu 1931-1989

Tuo ma si Bo en ha de 1931-1989

Tuomasi-Boenhade 1931-1989

Бернхард, Томас 1931-1989

Томас Бернгард

Томас Бернхард

ברנהרד, תומס

ברנהרד, תומס 1931-1989

תומאס ברנהרד

תומאס ברנהרד סופר אוסטרי

بيرنهارد، توماس، 1931-1989

توماس برنهارد

توماس برنهارد، 1931-1989

توماس برنهارد كاتب نمساوي

베른하르트, 토마스 1931-1989

베른하르트, 토머스 1931-1989

토마스 베른하르트


ベルンハルト, トーマス

ベルンハルト, トーマス 1931-1989

伯恩哈德, 托马斯 1931-1989


托马斯·伯恩哈德 1931-1989

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