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Old Masters: A Comedy
by Thomas Bernhard
translated by Ewald Osers
University of Chicago Press, 1992
Paper: 978-0-226-04391-3 | eISBN: 978-0-226-07434-4
Library of Congress Classification PT2662.E7A7513 1992
Dewey Decimal Classification 833.914

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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

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