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Thomas Bernhard (1931-1989) has been hailed by Gabriel Josipovici as ‘Austria’s finest postwar writer’ and by George Steiner as ‘one of the masters of contemporary European fiction.’ Faber Finds is proud to reissue a selection of four of Bernhard’s finest novels.

Concrete (1982) is a brilliant and haunting tale of procrastination, failure, and despair: the story of Rudolph, a Viennese musicologist, who neglects the work he is meant to be producing in favour of this dark and grotesquely funny account of small woes writ large, of profound horrors detailed and rehearsed to the point of distraction: from a meddling sister and a house that he hates, to an ‘illness’ he carefully nurses, his own very real writer’s block, and an ‘escape’ to Majorca which brings him no release from himself.

‘Masterful… A book of mysterious dark beauty.’ John Rechy, Los Angeles Times

A masterpiece.’ New Yorker


Thomas Bernhard was born in the Netherlands to Austrian parents in 1931. He was raised in Austria and studied dramatic arts at Mozarteum University in Salzburg. His writing first appeared in newspapers in the early 1950s, and he published his first book, a poetry collection, in 1957. His first novel, Frost, was published in 1963, and his first full-length play,…

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