The Novels of Thomas Bernhard

The Novels of Thomas Bernhard

Form and Its Function

J.J. Long


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Camden House



An introduction to the prose works of one of the most important postwar European writers.
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.

Jonathan Long is lecturer in German at the University of Durham, UK.


June 2001
240 pages
9x6 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
ISBN: 9781571132246
Format: Hardback
Camden House
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Table of Contents

Frost and Verstörung
Das Kalkwerk and Korrektur
Wittgensteins Neffe: Eine Freundschaft
Der Untergeher
Holzfällen: eine Erregung
Alte Meister: Komödie
Auslöschung: Ein Zerfall


Long's study is impressive in that he reveals the formal complexity of Bernhard's texts... Only when one includes such formal details in an analysis can one grasp the complex fuction of Bernhard's narrative strategies. GERMAN STUDIES REVIEW

Long evinces an impressive familiarity with the secondary literature ... [and] thoughtfully engages a wide range of studies and approaches in developing his own cogent arguments. GERMAN QUARTERLY

Author Bio

Lecturer in German, University of Durham, UK.

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