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Bernhard, Thomas (Translated by Kenneth J. Northcott). THE VOICE IMITATOR: 104 STORIES BY THOMAS BERNHARD. Chicago, IL: University Of Chicago Press, 1997. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 104 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of stories. One of the greatest literary collections of the 20th century. Review Copy. Review Material laid-in. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited print run by a University Press as a hardcover original. The First Edition is now very scarce. Presents Thomas Bernhard at his ruthlessly Minimalist best. "Gives us Bernhard's singularly pessimistic worldview in perhaps more digestible little chunks, some of them very little indeed. None of the 104 stories collected here are longer than a page, and with the tremendous variety of disaster and tragedy they contain (suicide, disappearance, murder, madness, corruption), there's not much room for characterization or plot. These read more like fragments, anecdotes, or snippets of news stories than conventional short narratives. Despite their brevity, however, these stories display all the signature elements of the Bernhardian oeuvre: Cynicism, misanthropy, contempt for his native country, and withering scorn for the futility of all human effort. They might be an acquired taste but one with undeniable force" (Publishers Weekly). His enigmatic and magical work has been championed by the most important and influential critics of our time such as George Steiner, Harold Bloom, and Susan Sontag. "The feeling grows that Bernhard is the most original concentrated novelist writing in German. His connections with the great constellation of Kafka, Musil, and Broch become ever clearer" (George Steiner). The Nobel Prize was not given to many major writers: Marcel Proust, Constantine Cavafy, Vladimir Nabokov, and in the discerning opinion of many critics and readers, Thomas Bernhard. "The art we need is the art of bearing the unbearable" (Thomas Bernhard). A "must-have" title for Thomas Bernhard collectors. This title is now highly collectible. This is the only Review Copy available online and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER THOMAS BERNHARD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0226044017. $100.00

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