From Publishers Weekly
The narrator of this story, which is told in a demanding, nonstop stream of consciousness, is a writer who finds himself roped into a dinner party thrown by people he has avoided for 20 years. Spurning conversation, he reviews his grievances against his hosts and their pretentious guests in what PW termed "a satirical jeremiad."
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From Library Journal
In the last decade, Bernhard (born in 1931) has become one of the most acclaimed writers and playwrights of his generation. Originally published in Austria in 1984, this novel is a biting satire of a contemporary Viennese "artistic dinner" held in honor of a famous actor from the Burgtheater. The evening unfolds before us through the monologic and monomaniacal mediation of one of the guests, the middle-aged writer-narrator. In typical Bernhardian fashion the narrator is moved by hatred and affection for a society that he believes destroys the very artistic genius it purports to glorify. A superb translation; highly recommended for literature collections. Ulrike S. Rettig, Wellesley Coll., Mass.
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