|Frost (1963) [Novel]|
by Thomas Bernhard
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(From the publisher):
Visceral, raw, singular, and distinctive, Frost
is the story of a friendship between a young man at the beginning of his medical career and a painter who is entering his final days.
A writer of world stature, Thomas Bernhard combined a searing wit and an unwavering gaze into the human condition. Frost follows an unnamed young Austrian who accepts an unusual assignment. Rather than continue with his medical studies, he travels to a bleak mining town in the back of beyond, in order to clinically observe the aged painter, Strauch, who happens to be the brother of this young manís surgical mentor. The catch is this: Strauch must not know the young manís true occupation or the reason for his arrival. Posing as a promising law student with a love of Henry James, the young man befriends the mad artist and is caught up among an equally extraordinary cast of local characters, from his resentful landlady to the townís mining engineers.
Original title: Frost
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction