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Old Masters

(1985)
A Comedy
A novel by

 
 
Old Masters (1985) is Thomas Bernhard's devilishly funny story about the friendship between two old men. For over thirty years Reger, a music critic, has sat on the same bench in front of a Tintoretto painting in a Viennese museum, thinking and railing against contemporary society, his fellow men, artists, the weather, even the state of public lavatories. His friend Atzbacher has been summoned to meet him, and through his eyes we learn more about Reger - the tragic death of his wife, his thoughts of suicide and, eventually, the true purpose of their appointment. At once pessimistic and exuberant, rancorous and hilarious, Old Masters is a richly satirical portrait of culture, genius, nationhood, class, the value of art and the pretensions of humanity.

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Hardback Editions

April 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Old Masters: A Comedy (The German List)
Author(s): Thomas Bernhard
ISBN: 0-85742-470-X / 978-0-85742-470-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Seagull Books
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May 1989 : UK Hardback
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Title: Old Masters
Author(s): Thomas Bernhard
ISBN: 0-7043-2710-4 / 978-0-7043-2710-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quartet Books
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Paperback Editions

May 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Old Masters (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Thomas Bernhard
ISBN: 0-14-119271-2 / 978-0-14-119271-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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November 1992 : USA Paperback
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Title: Old Masters: A Comedy (Phoenix Fiction)
Author(s): Thomas Bernhard
ISBN: 0-226-04391-6 / 978-0-226-04391-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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Kindle Editions

May 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Old Masters (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Thomas Bernhard
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK