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Author: Thomas Bernhard
ISBN: 0226043916
Subcategory: Humor
Pages 160 pages
Publisher University of Chicago Press; Reprint edition (November 15, 1992)
Language English
Category: Humor
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by Thomas Bernhard


Old Masters involves an old musicologist, who spends every other day in front of the same painting in the Kunsthistorisches . A minor work by Austrian novelist Thomas Bernhard

Old Masters involves an old musicologist, who spends every other day in front of the same painting in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. A minor work by Austrian novelist Thomas Bernhard. Two old masters, Atzbacher and Reger, meet in Vienna's Kunsthistorisches museum, as is their daily habit, to reflect on the decline of modern European culture.

Old Masters (subtitled A Comedy) is a novel by the Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard, first published in 1985. It tells of the life and opinions of Reger, a 'musical philosopher', through the voice of his acquaintance Atzbacher, a 'private academic'. The book is set in Vienna on one day around the year of its publication, 1985. p. 193) Reger is an 82-year-old music critic who writes pieces for The Times

Old Masters - Thomas Bernhard's 1985 novel written in the form of one unending paragraph spanning 156 pages is a torrent of passion and ideas that will captivate and fascinate readers who enjoy reflections on art and aesthetic experience, on literature, music and the interplay of culture and society.

Used availability for Thomas Bernhard's Old Masters. May 1989 : UK Hardback. August 2018 : UK Paperback.

Old Masters: A Comedy has been added to your Cart. Nicolas Mahler is a prolific writer and cartoonist

Old Masters: A Comedy has been added to your Cart. Nicolas Mahler is a prolific writer and cartoonist. He has also reimagined Thomas Bernhard's controversial play The World Betterer (Der Weltverbesserer) as a graphic novel, which will be published in an English translation by Seagull Books in 2018. James Reidel is a poet, biographer and translator.

With characteristically acerbic wit, Bernhard exposes the pretensions and aspirations of humanity in a novel at once pessimistic and strangely . Bernhard is one of the masters of contemporary European fiction.

most enjoyable novel.

In this exuberantly satirical novel, the tutor Atzbacher has been summoned by his friend Reger to meet him in a Viennese museum. 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.

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 Bruchner prizes, and Le Prix Seguier.

Certain books-few-assert literary importance instantly, profoundly. The last work of fiction by one of the twentieth century's greatest artists, "Extinction "is widely considered Thomas Bernhard's magnum opus.

History & Fiction. Certain books-few-assert literary importance instantly, profoundly. This is one of those-a book of mysterious dark beauty. Franz-Josef Murau-the intellectual black sheep of a powerful Austrian land-owning family-lives in Rome in self-imposed exile, surrounded by a coterie of artistic and intellectual friends.

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
Opimath
Thomas Bernhard must have been the bane of the Austrian cultural world during his lifetime. His favorite style is an endless, run-on paragraph, seething with rage and pain at every turn. If you don't catch that these crabby narrators are constantly undermining their own credibility, you might not see how funny these books are. Old Masters involves an old musicologist, who spends every other day in front of the same painting in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. This 150-page assault on Western art and music (few are spared: Mahler, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, and especially Bruckner are given real tongue-lashings, and at one point he implies the painting he always looks at is a forgery) might annoy you, until you realize that, as flawed as these great works might be, they're all we have to keep us going day to day. Life without these Old Masters would be unbearable. The narrator is slow to admit this, but when the admission comes, it's heart-breaking. For someone to complain this vigorously about the limits of Austrian art and culture, he must have loved his homeland very dearly indeed. You won't be disappointed in this one.
Roru
Bernhard's style is an acquired taste.
Hidden Winter
Thomas Bernhard at his best!
Purestone
This a book about two grumpy old men. " ..he does not like solar radiation. He avoids the sun, there is nothing he shuns more than the sun. 'I hate the sun, you know that I hate the sun more than anything in the world,' he says. What he likes best are foggy days, on foggy days he leaves the house very early in the morning, actually takes a walk, which he does not normally do, for basically he hates walking. I hate walking, he says,it seems so pointless to me. I walk, and while I am walking I keep thinking how I hate walking, I have no other thoughts at the time, I cannot understand that there are people who are able to think of something other than that walking is pointless and useless, he says." If you cannot find this very funny then this book is not for you. In 156 pages there are no paragraphs, or chapters. But there is excellent prose and conversations on philosophy of life, art, suicide, class, Catholicism, nationalism, culture......life. Very funny and perhaps sad too, but in the end strangely exhilarating. A wonderful read.
lucky kitten
A minor work by Austrian novelist Thomas Bernhard. Two old masters, Atzbacher and Reger, meet in Vienna's Kunsthistorisches museum, as is their daily habit, to reflect on the decline of modern European culture. Bernhard proceeds in his typically famous style-with enormously winding sentences that fill pages with complaints, anecdotes, commentaries, and rants. This little book is much more traditional than his finer novels, and one gets the impression that it was underdeveloped in its conception. We find endlessly repetitious complaints about Vienna's bourgeoisie and its anti-intellectualism. Yet there is none of the urgency we find with the great characters developed in Der Untergeher or Correction. A slim achievement.
Moogura
He writes very well, and he really has gotten into the head of the main protagonist in the book. However, somehow I just did not get into the book, and it left me cold.

It could have been a better experience.