Frost (novel)

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Author Thomas Bernhard
Original title Frost
Translator Michael Hofmann
Country Austria
Language German
Genre Novel
Publisher Vintage Books USA
Publication date
Published in English
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 352 pp
ISBN 978-1-4000-3351-5 (Reprint edition 2008)
OCLC 180014416
Preceded by On the Mountain (In Der Höhe)
Followed by Gargoyles (Verstörung)

Frost is the first novel by Thomas Bernhard, originally published in German in 1963. An English translation by Michael Hofmann was published in 2006.

Plot summary[edit]

Strauch, mad painter, isolates himself from the world by retreating to the hamlet of Weng near Schwarzach im Pongau. His surgeon brother has Strauch watched by his young medical assistant, who narrates the book. The inn where Strauch resides is managed by a woman with a husband in prison and an endless sequence of lovers. The story includes a significant amount of violence and murder.

Narrative style[edit]

The character Strauch has a tendency to speak in long, ranting monologues, which characterises all of Bernhard’s subsequent work. Another element in Bernhard’s style is repetition: he often repeats phrases with minor variations. As the narrative progresses, the voice of the young narrator increasingly disappears into the voice of Strauch.