Franz-Josef Murau is the intellectual black sheep of a powerful Austrian land-owning family. He now lives in Rome in self-imposed exile, surrounded by a coterie of artistic and intellectual friends. On returning from his sister's wedding on the family estate of Wolfsegg, having resolved never to go home again, Murau receives a telegram informing him of the death of his parents and brother in a car crash. Not only must he now go back, he must do so as the master of Wolfsegg: and he must decide its fate.
The summit of Thomas Bernhard's artistic genius - mesmerising, addictive, explosively tragicomic - "Extinction" is a landmark of post-war literature, newly illuminated by Geoff Dyer's afterword.
'If you haven’t read Bernhard, you will not know of the most radical
advance in fiction since Joyce ... My advice: dive in.' -Lucy Ellmann