New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1973. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher's brown cloth, spine and upper board gilt, top edge stained orange, original illustrated dust jacket.
"But instead of thinking about my book and how to write it, as I go pacing the floor, I fall to counting my footsteps until I feel about to go mad." First US edition of Austrian novelist and playwright Thomas Bernhard’s third novel. Considered to have heralded his major phase as an author, and the winner of the Georg Büchner Prize, the surrealist narrative revolves around Konrad, a man who has just purchased a property (the lime works of the title) to house himself and his crippled wife while he completes his treatise on the sense of hearing. Although criticized by many as a "Nestbeschmutzer" (one who dirties his own nest), the misanthropic writer went on to win numerous awards in Austria and is one of the country’s most celebrated voices internationally. Translated by Sophie Wilkins. Dust jacket illustration by Kurt Vago. Originally published in Germany in 1970. Minor fading to top edge of boards; unclipped dust jacket with shallow chipping to head of spine and light soiling. Very good. Item #8273