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The Loser (Vintage International) Paperback – 17 Oct 2006

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  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books USA (17 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400077540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400077540
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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" A complex and unsettling novel . . . about genius and obsession . . . mirroring the thought process of a compulsive mind."
-- "The New York Times Book Review"
" Bernhard writes like a sacred monster. . . . He is a remarkable literary performer: a man who goes to extremes in ways that vivify our sense of human possibilities, however destructive." -- "The Wall Street Journal"
" Bernhard is one of the masters of contemporary European fiction . . . After Kafka' s and Canetti' s, his sensibility is one of the most acute, the most capable of exemplary images and gestures, in modern literature." -- George Steiner

"A complex and unsettling novel . . . about genius and obsession . . . mirroring the thought process of a compulsive mind." --"The New York Times Book Review""Bernhard writes like a sacred monster. . . . He is a remarkable literary performer: a man who goes to extremes in ways that vivify our sense of human possibilities, however destructive." -- "The Wall Street Journal""Bernhard is one of the masters of contemporary European fiction . . . After Kafka's and Canetti's, his sensibility is one of the most acute, the most capable of exemplary images and gestures, in modern literature." -- George Steiner

A complex and unsettling novel . . . about genius and obsession . . . mirroring the thought process of a compulsive mind. The New York Times Book Review Bernhard writes like a sacred monster. . . . He is a remarkable literary performer: a man who goes to extremes in ways that vivify our sense of human possibilities, however destructive. The Wall Street Journal Bernhard is one of the masters of contemporary European fiction . . . After Kafka s and Canetti s, his sensibility is one of the most acute, the most capable of exemplary images and gestures, in modern literature. George Steiner"

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A brilliant account of an imagined relationship among three men- including the late piano virtuoso Glenn Gould- who meet in 1953 to study with Vladimir Horowitz.

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This is my second Thomas Bernhard novel, and whilst reading it my liking for his unique prose style increased. An unnamed narrator walks into an inn and talks to himself about his two best friends (one being Glenn Gould the famous piano virtuoso, the other being Wertheimer "the loser" who has committed suicide by hanging himself near his sister's house). The obsessional, repetitive and funny thoughts of the unnamed narrator continue for half the novel whilst he stands in the inn: it must be the longest wait for a drink in history! Eventually the landlady sees him and it isn't long before he has moved on, both physically and mentally, to the subject of Wertheimer's decline and suicide. It all sounds grim and pointless, but it's surprisingly engaging, especially for the reader who has a liking for cynicism and unhinged rambling: the word "cretinism" pops up quite a lot. Overall, I didn't find The Loser as satisfying as "Correction" (my first TB novel), it isn't as deep or disturbing, but still I was impressed by the peculiar intensity of it all.
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Bernhard is still relatively little known to the Anglo-American audience, but I believe he is the most serious contender for the inheritor of the mantle of Celine and Beckett.
In 'The Loser' he produces a heartbreaking meditation on the demands the pursuit of an art at the highest level places upon an honest devotee. I have never encountered a more clear-sighted study of human failure depicted with an utter lack of sentimentality or self-pity. In this book Bernhard disposes definitively of the charges of heartlessness and flippancy which are sometimes laid at his door.
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Thomas Bernhard approaches his best ever form in this book. It charts with extreme bitterness, and self-loathing the progress of an old-man as he lumbers around 'in the inn'. It is a work of undisputable genius, as Bernhard's lines seem to go on for ever, almost crazed in its style, but somehow darkly brilliant. This piece cannot be categorised as a 'serious' work - on the contrary! It is the funniest book I have ever read, and the italicised rants 'the deterioration process', 'a professional aphorist' etc. and the indifference with which the narrator approaches the subject, but continues with a venomous indifference is pure entertainment, and pure ridiculousness.
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This spellbinding "novel" details the thoughts filling what is surely the longest wait to attract the attention of an innkeeper in all of literature. The unnamed narrator (a TB trademark) muses on the creative soul - here that possessed by piano virtuosi - and the destructive effect consummate genius has on its lesser varieties, driving one character to artistic lassitude and one to a grotesquely theatrical suicide. This rumination, conveyed in relentless, hypnotic prose, is undertaken presumably as the narrator leans on an empty bar or reception desk, listening to the innkeeper performing mundane tasks "out back", unaware of their waiting customer. The characters are insufferably elitist - and one, Glenn Gould, actually was a musical prodigy - but such is the quality of the prose that you barely notice that you are being called a "cretin" on a regular basis. Thomas, you were a consummate genius yourself but, I gather, a pain in the backside to boot. May it ever be thus.
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