By Bernhard, Thomas; McLintock, David
Rather than the publication he is intended to write down, Rudolph, a Viennese musicologist, produces this darkish and grotesquely humorous account of small woes writ huge, of profound horrors unique and rehearsed to the purpose of distraction. We study of Rudolph's sister, whose support he invitations, then reviles as malevolent meddling; his 'really amazing' apartment, which he hates; the suspicious ailment he conscientiously nurses; his ten-year-long try to write the precise starting sentence; and, ultimately, his get away to the island of Majorca, which seems to be the positioning of somebody else's very actual horror tale. an excellent and haunting story of procrastination, failure, and melancholy, Concrete is an ideal instance of why Thomas Bernhard is remembered as "one of the masters of latest ecu fiction" (George Steiner). Read more...
summary: rather than the ebook he is intended to jot down, Rudolph, a Viennese musicologist, produces this darkish and grotesquely humorous account of small woes writ huge, of profound horrors specified and rehearsed to the purpose of distraction. We examine of Rudolph's sister, whose aid he invitations, then reviles as malevolent meddling; his 'really exceptional' condo, which he hates; the suspicious sickness he conscientiously nurses; his ten-year-long try and write the proper establishing sentence; and, ultimately, his break out to the island of Majorca, which seems to be the location of somebody else's very actual horror tale. a super and haunting story of procrastination, failure, and melancholy, Concrete is an ideal instance of why Thomas Bernhard is remembered as "one of the masters of up to date ecu fiction" (George Steiner)
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Usually she doesn’t announce that she’s coming, but suddenly arrives and walks round my house as though she owned it entirely, though she only has right of domicile in it, yet this right of domicile is for life and is not restricted to specific parts of the house. And if she cares to bring any of her dingy friends with her I can’t stop her. She spreads herself in my house as if she were sole owner and takes over from me. And I haven’t the strength to resist. To do so I should have to be an entirely different character, an entirely different person.
That’s the back of my maternal grandfather, I thought, about a year before his death. I have the same posture, I told myself. Without moving I compared my own back with my grandfather’s, thinking of a particular photograph that had been taken only a year before his death. The man of the intellect is suddenly forced to adopt an unhealthy posture and shortly afterwards he dies. A year afterwards, I thought. Then the image vanished. I was no longer sitting at my desk; the desk was empty, and so was the sheet of paper on it.
A year afterwards, I thought. Then the image vanished. I was no longer sitting at my desk; the desk was empty, and so was the sheet of paper on it. If I go and start now I might be successful, I told myself, but I hadn’t the courage to go to the desk. The intention was there, but I hadn’t the strength, either the physical or the mental strength. I stood looking at the desk through the doorway, wondering when would be the right moment to go up to it, sit down and begin work. I listened, but I heard nothing.
Concrete by Bernhard, Thomas; McLintock, David