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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. Extinction, Bernhard's last published novel, is the story of Franz-Josef Murau-intellectual black sheep of a powerful Austrian land-owning family-who lives in Rome in self-imposed exile, surrounded by a coterie of artistic and intellectual friends. On returning from his sister's wedding on the family estate of Wolfsegg, having resolved never to go home again, Murau receives a telegram informing him of the death of his parents and brother in a car crash. Not only must he now go back, he must do so as the master of Wolfsegg; and he must decide its fate.The wine cork manufacturer has an awkward, unpleasantgait, I thought, and when hea#39;s carrying a weight like that ita#39;s even more ... I watchedhim trying to make himself taller bygetting a footholdona ledge protruding from the wall, but hecould ... Having failed inhis attempt toget higher up the wall, the wine cork manufacturer wiped the dirtoffhis jacket and shoes and looked around again, in all directions.

Author:Thomas Bernhard
Publisher:Faber & Faber - 2013-02-21


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