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Old Masters

(1985)
A Comedy
A novel by

 
 
In this exuberantly satirical novel, the tutor Atzbacher has been summoned by his friend Reger to meet him in a Viennese museum. While Reger gazes at a Tintoretto portrait, Atzbacher - who fears Reger's plans to kill himself - gives us a portrait of the musicologist: his wisdom, his devotion to his wife, and his love-hate relationship with
art. With characteristically acerbic wit, Bernhard exposes the pretensions and aspirations of humanity in a novel at once pessimistic and strangely exhilarating.

"Bernhard's . . . most enjoyable novel." - Robert Craft, New YorkReview of Books.

"Bernhard is one of the masters of contemporary European fiction." - George Steiner

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

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

October 2018 : UK Paperback
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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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1997 : 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 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Old Masters (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Thomas Bernhard
Publisher: Penguin
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