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Voice Imitator, the (1978) [Collection]
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Summary (From the publisher):

A series of parable-like anecdotes--some drawn from newspaper reports, some from conversation, some from hearsay--this satire is both subtle and acerbic. What initially appear to be quaint little stories inevitably indict the sterility and callousness of modern life, not just in urban centers but everywhere. Bernhard presents an ordinary world careening into absurdity and disaster. Politicians, professionals, tourists, civil servants--the usual victims of Bernhard's inspired misanthropy--succumb one after another to madness, mishap, or suicide. The shortest piece, titled "Mail," illustrates the anonymity and alienation that have become standard in contemporary society: "For years after our mother's death, the Post Office still delivered letters that were addressed to her. The Post Office had taken no notice of her death."
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Contents:
- Hamsun
- The Voice Imitator
- Character Assassination
- Fourati
- Brochure
- Pisa and Venice
- Fear
- One-Way Journey
- Inner Compulsion
- Speleologists
- In Lima
- Almost
- Example
- Charity
- Good Advice
- Prejudice
- Suspicion
- Exchange
- Early Train
- Beautiful View
- The Tables Turned
- Hotel Waldhaus
- Haumer the Logger
- In Earnest
- Too Much
- Prescription
- Disappointed Englishmen
- The Most Successful Concert
- Scientific Purposes
- Profound and Shallow
- Character
- Moosprugger's Mistake
- Mail
- Claim
- Comedy
- Warning
- Emigrated
- Unworldly
- At Their Mercy
- De Orio
- Photographers
- Schluemberger
- Discovery
- Mimosa
- A Famous Dancer
- Guilty Conscience
- Forgotten
- Picadilly Circus
- Increased
- In the Frauengraben
- The Panthers
- Wrong Note
- The Auszugler
- The Milkmaid
- The Needlewoman
- The Loden Coat
- Papermakers
- Boundary Stone
- Two Brothers
- Natural
- Giant
- Natural History
- Question in the Provincial Parliament
- Two Notes
- Unrequited Love
- Party of Tourists
- True Love
- Impossible
- Feeling
- A Self-Willed Author
- Unfulfilled Wish
- Presence of Mind
- Supplemental Income
- Silo
- Famous
- No Soul
- The Prince
- Prince Potocki
- Lec
- The Royal Vault
- Contradiction
- Fruitfulness
- Coming to Terms
- Decision
- Civil Service
- After You
- Imagination
- Expedition
- Legacy
- Double
- Luck
- Political Science
- Consistency
- Near Sulden
- Perast
- Madness
- Care
- In Rome
- Withdrawn
- Like Robert Schumann
- Respect
- Genius
- 998 Times
- Returned

Original title: Der Stimmenimitator
Original languages: German

Quotes:

Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumorSatire


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Edition #1: The Voice Imitator

The Voice Imitator (1997)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Kenneth J. Northcott
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Manifested in:

The Voice Imitator (1997)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: Chicago
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226044017
Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.9 x 0.6
Pages: 114

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