Old Masters: A Comedy (Phoenix Fiction) (Paperback)

Old Masters: A Comedy (Phoenix Fiction) By Thomas Bernhard, Ewald Osers (Translated by) Cover Image

Old Masters: A Comedy (Phoenix Fiction) (Paperback)

By Thomas Bernhard, Ewald Osers (Translated by)


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In this exuberantly satirical novel, the tutor Atzbacher has been summoned by his friend Reger to meet him in a Viennese museum. While Reger gazes at a Tintoretto portrait, Atzbacher—who fears Reger's plans to kill himself—gives us a portrait of the musicologist: his wisdom, his devotion to his wife, and his love-hate relationship with
art. With characteristically acerbic wit, Bernhard exposes the pretensions and aspirations of humanity in a novel at once pessimistic and 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
Widely acclaimed as a novelist, playwright, and poet, Thomas Bernhard (1931-89) won many of the most prestigious literary prizes of Europe, including the Austrian State Prize, the Bremen and Brüchner prizes, and Le Prix Séguier.
Product Details ISBN: 9780226043913
ISBN-10: 0226043916
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: November 15th, 1992
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: Phoenix Fiction
“Thomas Bernhard might be the perfect novelist for our moment . . . . Old Masters is Bernhard at his most tender, and at his most incisive.”
— Ed Winstead