Frost

By Thomas Bernhard; Michael Hofmann (Translator)
Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9781400033515, 341pp.

Publication Date: January 8, 2008

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Description

Thomas Bernhard combined a searing wit and an unwavering gaze into the human condition. His debut novel, Frost, marked the beginning of one of the century’s most provocative literary careers.

Visceral, raw, singular, and unforgettable, Frost is the story of a friendship between a young man beginning his medical career and a painter in his final days. The youth has accepted an unusual assignment, to travel to a miserable mining town in the middle of nowhere in order to clinically—and secretly—observe and report on his mentor’s reclusive brother, the painter Strauch. Carefully disguising himself as a law student with a love of Henry James, he befriends the aging artist and attempts to carry out his mission, only to find himself caught up in his subject’s apparent madness.




About the Author
Thomas Bernhard (1931-89) grew up in Salzburg and Vienna, where he studied music. In 1957 he began a second career as a playwright, poet, and novelist. He went on to win many of the most prestigious literary prizes of Europe (including the Austrian State Prize, the Bremen and Bruchner prizes, and Le Prix Seguier), became one of the most widely admired writers of his generation, and insisted at his death that none of his works be published in Austria for seventy years, a provision later repealed by his half-brother.Michael Hofmann is a poet and frequent contributor to "The New York Times Book Review", and is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost translators of works from German to English. He lives in London.



Praise For Frost

“A blast of raw feeling. . . . This is mercilessly honest work.” —Harper’s Magazine“One of the century’s most gifted writers.” —Philadelphia Inquirer“Bernhard is a remarkable literary performer: a man who goes to extremes in ways that vivify our sense of human possibilities.” —The Wall Street Journal

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