- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Quartet Books; First UK Edition edition (1 Sept. 1995)
- ISBN-10: 0704370859
- ISBN-13: 978-0704370852
- Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15 x 3.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,289,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Extinction Hardcover – 1 Sep 1995
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Thomas Bernhard (1931-1989) won many of the most prestigious literary prizes in Europe, including the Austrian State Prize, the Breman and Bruchner Prizes and Le Pix Seguier. Among his novels are The Loser, Concrete, and Extinction, all of which are available in Faber Finds. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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`Extinction' is a brutal piece of writing. Franz-Josef is a left-leaning intellectual, but his family, and his country, are portrayed as bourgeois and Nazi. Their priorities are a million miles from his, and he casts himself in the role of black sheep, aided and abetted by his Uncle Georg, his corrupting influence and fellow family `embarrassment'. Franz-Josef holds nothing back, telling Gambetti of his utter disgust for Austria and its way of life, and for his sisters, pursuing small-minded goals in short, ugly lives, and for his dead parents and brother. In Rome he is in his element. Back in Wolfsegg, he is the outsider, forced to play host to unrepentant Nazis and self-important middle classes in pointless jobs. He reluctantly performs his part, but the sights and places of his youth fuel his feeling of being an outsider. His goal for his time in Wolfsegg becomes the extinction of his past and his connection to it.
`Extinction' is obviously not a happy read, or a particularly easy one.Read more ›
and very, very small pieces of affection. Pity and understanding. Accusing yet again understanding. Very harsh feelings entangled with a deep understanding. A masterpiece in my humble opinion.
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A steamroller of invective ostensibly highly critical of Austrians in general. But as the narrator's rants go on (and on), a more subtle picture is built up - the main character is... Read morePublished 9 months ago by E M
Most of the narrator's family have been wiped out before the end of the first page. But despite this, Extinction soon establishes a deceptively light manner, with a pleasant... Read morePublished on 30 Nov. 2000
May I draw amazon's attention to the subtle difference, consisting of at least two strategically placed letters, between Australia and Austria, whence Mr Bernhard, now dead, came.Published on 22 Sept. 1999 by firstname.lastname@example.org
In Extinction Bernhard creates his most indulgent, and most inscrutable work since On the Mountain - the likes of which only he can muscle into great literature. Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 1998