La calera

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Alianza, 2003 - Fiction - 249 pages
Publicada en 1970, LA CALERA evidencia la plena madurez del inconfundible estilo narrativo de Thomas Bernhard (1931-1989), caracterizado por la cadencia narrativa, el ritmo de la frase y la repetición constante. Centrada en los problemas de la soledad, la incomunicación, la autodestrucción y el fracaso, este relato cruel de cinco años de enclaustramiento en un «presidio de trabajo voluntario» del protagonista, Konrad, que culminan con el asesinato de su esposa paralítica, se teje alrededor de la angustia de una relación asfixiante en un entorno amenazador, la ritualización de las conductas, la fuerza de una lógica que conduce al irracionalismo y la extrema lucidez de una mente al borde de la locura.

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About the author (2003)

Thomas Bernhard was born to Austrian parents in Holland and reared by his mother in the vicinity of Salzburg. His temperament and erratic health created difficulties for him as he grew up in a society governed by National Socialists. Bernhard found the alpine landscapes of his native Austria far more harsh than lyrical. The isolation of the characters in his novels is only slightly mitigated by friendship, generally only between men, and never by love. Yet many readers feel this lack of sentimentality gives Bernhard's work an epic power.