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Gargoyles: A Novel (Vintage International) by [Bernhard, Thomas]
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" Here is a novelist with uncommon talents of a sort possessed by Kafka, Musil, and Beckett." -- "Saturday Review"
" Extraordinary . . . a virtuoso verbal performance." -- "Book World"
" The feeling grows that Thomas Bernhard is the most original, concentrated novelist writing in German. His connections...with the great constellation of Kafka, Musil, and Broch become ever clearer." -- George Steiner, "The Times Literary Supplement"

"Here is a novelist with uncommon talents of a sort possessed by Kafka, Musil, and Beckett." --"Saturday Review""Extraordinary . . . a virtuoso verbal performance." --"Book World""The feeling grows that Thomas Bernhard is the most original, concentrated novelist writing in German. His connections...with the great constellation of Kafka, Musil, and Broch become ever clearer." --George Steiner, "The Times Literary Supplement"

Here is a novelist with uncommon talents of a sort possessed by Kafka, Musil, and Beckett. "Saturday Review" Extraordinary . . . a virtuoso verbal performance. "Book World""The feeling grows that Thomas Bernhard is the most original, concentrated novelist writing in German. His connections...with the great constellation of Kafka, Musil, and Broch become ever clearer." George Steiner, "The Times Literary Supplement""

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 453 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (1 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CFAW4S
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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This early novel from the Austrian master introduces many Bernhardian themes that will become familiar to readers that become drawn into the strangely addictive world of Bernhardian eccentrics and deranged visionaries. The first half of this novel begins conventionally enough, being an account of a young boys journey with his father as a peripatetic doctor in a bleak mountain region somewhere in central europe. The unrelieved suffering of the benighted inhabitants is matched only by the harshness of the landscape. What relief the doctor brings only seems a temporary respite to the doomed residents he encounters.
The second half of this novel introduces the mature Bernhard style, being the solipsistic musings of a clearly unhinged aristocrat. The decline of the Prince and his dynasty represent the corruptions of spirit and anomie that haunt the country as a whole and will become an abiding theme of the Bernhardian figure.
Much imitated but rarely equaled, the Bernhard oeuvre stands as a unique monument to the follies and madness that was 20th century european history.
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