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Reissued with stunning artwork and a new afterword by Leanne Shapton, The Loser is Thomas Bernhard's iconic portrait of creative obsession.

Mid-century Austria. Three aspiring concert pianists - Wertheimer, Glenn Gould, and the narrator - have dedicated their lives to achieving the status of a virtuoso. But one day, two of them overhear Gould playing Bach's Goldberg Variations, and his incomparable genius instantly destroys them both.

They are forced to abandon their musical ambitions: Wertheimer, over a tortured process of disintegration that sees him becoming obsessed with both writing and his own sister, with whom he has a quasi-incestuous relationship culminating in death; and the narrator, instantly, retreating into obscurity to write a book that he periodically destroys and restarts.

Written as a monologue in one remarkable unbroken paragraph, Thomas Bernhard's dazzling meditation on failure, genius, and fame is a radical new reading experience: musical, paralysing, raging, and inimitable.

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I absolutely love Bernhard: he is one of the darkest and funniest writers ... A must read for everybody.

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The most significant literary achievement since World War II . The master. , New York Times

When indefatigable obsession looms large as it does in Bernhard (and his revered precursor Kafka) the result for the reader is a strange exhilaration and the thrall at being admitted into the mind of a maddened, magical genius., Edna O'Brien

Bernhard induces the kind of intoxication whereby it becomes almost difficult to read anyone else ... A supremely funny writer., Geoff Dyer

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Reissued with stunning artwork and a new afterword by Leanne Shapton, this is Thomas Bernhard's iconic portrait of creative obsession.

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