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Woodcutters by Thomas Bernhard


An interminable novel about an interminable dinner party.

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In the shaded alcoves of Vienna’s venerable tavern, “The Woodcutters” unveils its tapestry of human intricacies, akin to the delicate brushstrokes of memory in a forgotten masterpiece. Here, amidst the swirling tendrils of cigar smoke and the resonant echoes of clinking glasses, Thomas Bernhard orchestrates a symphony of existential introspection that resonates with the profound profundity of a meditative reflection.

Through the labyrinthine corridors of conversation, Bernhard’s characters, each a portrait of societal archetype, engage in a ballet of wit and disillusionment, their words a delicate dance upon the stage of existence. In their discourse, one discerns the echoes of introspection, as they navigate the treacherous waters of love, art, and the relentless march of time.

Within the confines of this timeless tavern, the veneer of bourgeois pretension is stripped away, revealing the raw essence of humanity laid bare. Each gesture, each glance, is imbued with a weighty significance, as the protagonists confront the futility of their endeavors and the inevitability of their own mortality.

As the narrative unfolds with the measured pace of a languorous waltz, Bernhard’s prose casts a spell upon the reader, drawing them ever deeper into the recesses of the human psyche. Here, amidst the detritus of dashed dreams and shattered illusions, one finds solace in the beauty of the human spirit, fleeting though it may be.

In “The Woodcutters,” Bernhard pays homage to the timeless truths articulated through the delicate observation of life’s nuances. In its pages, one finds not merely a novel, but a meditation on the human condition, rendered with the exquisite poignancy of profound reflection.

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Weight0.25 kg



Faber & Faber


Thomas Bernhard

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Release date

19 Sep 2019



ISBN/EAN        9780571349999