Concrete (Vintage International)

Concrete (Vintage International)

Thomas Bernhard


rather than the booklet he’s intended to write down, Rudolph, a Viennese musicologist, produces this darkish and grotesquely humorous account of small woes writ huge, of profound horrors distinctive and rehearsed to the purpose of distraction. We examine of Rudolph’s sister, whose support he invitations, then reviles as malevolent meddling; his ‘really awesome’ apartment, which he hates; the suspicious disorder he rigorously nurses; his ten-year-long try and write the ideal establishing sentence; and, eventually, his break out to the island of Majorca, which seems to be the location of somebody else’s very actual horror story.
 
A significant and haunting story of procrastination, failure, and depression, Concrete is an ideal instance of why Thomas Bernhard is remembered as “one of the masters of up to date ecu fiction” (George Steiner).

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