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The novels of Thomas Bernhard : form and its function.

Long, J. J. (2001) 'The novels of Thomas Bernhard : form and its function.', Rochester, New York: Camden House. Studies in German Literature, Linguistics and Culture.


Thomas Bernhard (1931-1989) is one of the most important writers of the postwar period, not only in his native Austria, but throughout Europe. Almost all his works have been translated into English, and his novels, plays, and non-fiction works have won international acclaim. The present study provides an accessible introduction to Bernhard's novels for an English-speaking readership, and also makes an original contribution to the ongoing debate on this fascinating author. The book's primary emphasis is on Bernhard's later fiction, but it also explicates the early texts of the 1960s and 1970s. The book makes use of insights from recent approaches to fiction that pay attention to what can be termed 'narrative dynamics.' Earlier studies of Bernhard have tended to remain within the descriptive framework established in narrative studies of the 1950s and 1960s; this book views Bernhard's prose works from a more nuanced vantage point.

Item Type:Book
Additional Information:Reviewed in: Choice, October 2002. Modern Austrian Literature35 (2002), 103-7. Journal of European Studies 32 (2002), 401-3. German Quarterly, 76 (2003), 352-3. Austrian Studies, 11 (2003), 205-6.
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Date of first online publication:July 2001
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