On a Dark Night I Left My Silent House

Author: Peter Handke
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781466895393
Release Date: 2015-12-29
Genre: Fiction

A short, powerful new novel by one of the greatest writers in the German language On a Dark Night I Left My Silent House is Peter Handke's evocative, moving, often fantastic, novel about one man's conflict with himself and his journey toward resolution. During one night shift, an unnamed, middle-aged pharmacist in Taxham, an isolated suburb of Salzburg, tells his story to a narrator. The pharmacist is known and well-respected, but lonely and estranged from his wife. He feels most comfortable wandering about in nature, collecting and eating hallucinogenic mushrooms. One day he receives a blow to the head that leaves him unable to speak, and the narrative is transformed from ironic description into a collection of sensual impressions, observations and reflections. The pharmacist, who is now called the driver, sets out on a quest, travelling into the Alps with two companions--a former Olympic skiing champion and a formerly famous poet--where he is beaten and later stalked by a woman. He drives through a tunnel and has a premonition of death, then finds himself in a surreal, foreign land. In a final series of bizarre, cathartic events, the driver regains his speech and is taken back to his pharmacy--back to his former life, but forever changed. A powerful, poetic exploration of language, longing and dislocation in the human experience, On a Dark Night I Left My Silent House reveals Handke at his magical best.

In einer dunklen Nacht ging ich aus meinem stillen Haus

Author: Peter Handke
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 9783518756249
Release Date: 2018-10-21
Genre: Fiction

Peter Handkes Roman erzählt eine ans Wunderbare grenzende, zugleich zeitgemäße Abenteuer- und Liebesgeschichte: Der Apotheker von Taxham, einer kleinen, beinahe unzugänglichen Ortschaft außerhalb Salzburgs, trifft zwei Personen: einen ehemals berühmten Skifahrer und einen einst gleichfalls berühmten Dichter. Mit ihnen begibt er sich auf eine Reise. Damit setzt die unerhörte Geschichte des Apothekers ein. Doch ist sie ein reines Abenteuer? Warum trennt sich der Apotheker in dem Ort jenseits der Grenze von seinen Gefährten? Warum setzt er sich den Gefahren der Steppe aus? Welche Rolle spielt jene Frau, die den Apotheker verführt und die auch er verfolgt? Sind seine Prüfungen Stationen einer Liebesgeschichte? Doch welcher Art kann diese Liebesgeschichte sein, wenn der Apotheker nach seiner Rückkehr unverändert sein Leben weiterführt? – All diese Fragen stellt und umspielt der Roman von Peter Handke und erzählt, damit in der Schwebe haltend, eine bisher nicht dagewesene Abenteuer- und Liebesgeschichte für unsere Tage.

The New York Times Book Reviews 2000

Author: New York Times Staff
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1579580580
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Literary Criticism

This anthology examines Love's Labours Lost from a variety of perspectives and through a wide range of materials. Selections discuss the play in terms of historical context, dating, and sources; character analysis; comic elements and verbal conceits; evidence of authorship; performance analysis; and feminist interpretations. Alongside theater reviews, production photographs, and critical commentary, the volume also includes essays written by practicing theater artists who have worked on the play. An index by name, literary work, and concept rounds out this valuable resource.

Die Morawische Nacht

Author: Peter Handke
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 9783518754337
Release Date: 2013-12-09
Genre: Fiction

In einer Neumondnacht lädt ein »ehemaliger Autor« die Freunde seines Lebens auf sein Hausboot am Ufer der Morawa, einem serbischen Nebenfluß der Donau, um ihnen eine Geschichte zu erzählen. Sie führt zu den Orten, an denen alles begann, sie erzählt seine Lebensreise durch Europa. Kritik und Publikum reagierten begeistert auf Peter Handkes märchenhafte Bilanz eines Dichterlebens.

Der Gro e Fall

Author: Peter Handke
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 9783518799307
Release Date: 2012-11-12
Genre: Fiction

Die Geschichte eines müßiggängerischen Schauspielers, an einem einzigen Tag, vom Morgen bis tief in die Nacht: Das Gehen durch eine sommerliche Metropole, von den Rändern bis in die Zentren. Die Begegnungen: mit den Läufern, den Obdachlosen, den Paaren, dem Priester, den Polizisten. Ein Weg mitten durch Nachbarnkriege, vorbei an überlebensgroßen Leinwandpolitikern, dann inmitten von Untergrundfahrern aus einer anderen Welt. Wetterleuchten in der Stadtmitte. Und das Gesicht einer Frau. - Gebundene Ausgabe mit Lesebändchen

The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction

Author: M. A. Orthofer
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231518505
Release Date: 2016-04-19
Genre: Literary Criticism

This user-friendly resource is the perfect reference for English-language readers who are eager to explore fiction from around the world. Profiling hundreds of titles and authors from 1945 to today, with an emphasis on fiction published in the past two decades, this guide introduces the styles, trends, and genres of the world's literatures, from Scandinavian crime thrillers and cutting-edge Chinese works to Latin American narco-fiction and award-winning French novels. The book's critical selection of titles defines the arc of a country's literary development. Entries illuminate the fiction of individual nations, cultures, and peoples, while concise biographies sketch the careers of noteworthy authors. Compiled by M. A. Orthofer, an avid book reviewer and the founder of the literary review site the Complete Review, this reference is perfect for readers who wish to expand their reading choices and knowledge of contemporary world fiction.

The Moravian Night

Author: Peter Handke
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9780374715618
Release Date: 2016-12-06
Genre: Fiction

An odyssey through the mind and memory of a washed-up writer, from one of Europe’s most provocative novelists Mysteriously summoned to a houseboat on the Morava River, a few friends, associates, and collaborators of an old writer listen as he tells a story that will last until dawn: the tale of the once well-known writer’s recent odyssey across Europe. As his story unfolds, it visits places that represent stages of the narrator’s and the continent’s past, many now lost or irrecoverably changed through war, death, and the subtler erosions of time. His wanderings take him from the Balkans to Spain, Germany, and Austria, from a congress of experts on noise sickness to a clandestine international gathering of jew’s-harp virtuosos. His story and its telling are haunted by a beautiful stranger, a woman who has a preternatural hold over the writer and appears sometimes as a demon, sometimes as the longed-for destination of his travels. Powerfully alive, honest, and at times deliciously satirical, The Moravian Night explores the mind and memory of an aging writer, tracking the anxieties, angers, fears, and pleasures of a life inseparable from the recent history of Central Europe. In crystalline prose, Peter Handke traces and interrogates his own thoughts and perceptions while endowing the world with a mythic dimension. As Jeffrey Eugenides writes, “Handke’s sharp eye is always finding a strange beauty amid this colorless world.” The Moravian Night is at once an elegy for the lost and forgotten and a novel of self-examination and uneasy discovery, from one of world literature’s great voices.

Left Handed Women

Author: Peter Handke
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781466806962
Release Date: 1978-06-01
Genre: Fiction

One evening, when Marianne and her husband, Bruno, are dining out together to celebrate his return from a business trip, Marianne listens to him speak and realizes suddenly yet finally that Bruno will leave her. Whether at that moment, or in years to come, she will be deserted. And instinctively Marianne knows she must fend for herself and her young son now, before that time comes. She sends Bruno away and settles down to a life alone, at first experiencing moments of panic, restlessly wandering in rooms grown stifling. The stillness of the house wears her down, and she starts taking long walks, or visiting with her close friend, Franziska. Gradually, what began as a selfish escape from the prospects of the future becomes in fact liberation. The environment she'd always hated--a no man's land of identical houses, with all curtains drawn--recedes; her relationships with those dear to her become less threatening, less necessary; and Marianne finds a new pattern for her life and the strength to go on alone.

Repetition

Author: Peter Handke
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781466807013
Release Date: 1988-06-01
Genre: Fiction

Set in 1960, this novel tells of Filib Kobal's journey from his home in Carinthia to Slovenia on the trail of his missing brother, Gregor. He is armed only with two of Gregor's books: a copy book from agricultural school, and a Slovenian - German dictionary, in which Gregor has marked certain words. The resulting investigation of the laws of language and naming becomes a transformative investigation of himself and the world around him.

Slow Homecoming

Author: Peter Handke
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781466807280
Release Date: 1985-06-01
Genre: Fiction

In this haunting suite of three fictions, Handke cements his reputation as one of the most talented writers of the Twentieth Century.

The Goalie s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

Author: Peter Handke
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781466806818
Release Date: 2007-12-10
Genre: Fiction

The first of Peter Handke's novels to be published in English, The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick is a true modern classic that "portrays the...breakdown of a murderer in ways that recall Camus's The Stranger" (Richard Locke, The New York Times). The self-destruction of a soccer goalie turned construction worker who wanders aimlessly around a stifling Austrian border town after pursuing and then murdering, almost unthinkingly, a female movie cashier is mirrored by his use of direct, sometimes fractured prose that conveys "at its best a seamless blend of lyricism and horror seen in the runes of a disintegrating world" (Bill Marx, Boston Sunday Globe).

Don Juan

Author: Peter Handke
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1429936347
Release Date: 2010-02-15
Genre: Fiction

A MODERN MASTER'S WRY AND ENTERTAINING TAKE ON HISTORY'S BEST-KNOWN LOVER In Don Juan, Peter Handke offers his take on the famous seducer. Don Juan's story—"his own version"—is filtered through the consciousness of an anonymous narrator, a failed innkeeper and chef, into whose solitude Don Juan bursts one day. On each day of the week that follows, Don Juan describes the adventures he experienced on that same day a week earlier. The adventures are erotic, but Handke's Don Juan is more pursued than pursuer. What makes his accounts riveting are the remarkable evocations of places and people, and the nature of his narration. This is, above all, a book about storytelling and its ability to burst the ordinary boundaries of time and space. In this brief and wry volume, Handke conjures images and depicts the subtleties of human interaction with an unforgettable vividness. Along the way, he offers a sharp commentary on many features of contemporary life.

Crossing the Sierra de Gredos

Author: Peter Handke
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781466807112
Release Date: 2007-07-10
Genre: Fiction

On the outskirts of a northwestern European riverport city lives a powerful woman banker, a public figure admired and hated in equal measure, who has decided to turn from the worlds of high finance and modern life to embark on a quest. Having commissioned a famous writer to undertake her "authentic" biography, she journeys through the Spanish Sierra de Gredos and the region of La Mancha to meet him. As she travels by allterrain vehicle, bus, and finally on foot, the nameless protagonist encounters five way stations that become the stuff of her biography and the biography of the modern world, a world in which genuine images and unmediated experiences have been exploited and falsified by commercialization and by the voracious mass media. In this visionary novel, Peter Handke offers descriptions of objects, relationships, and events that teach readers a renewed way of seeing; he creates a wealth of images to replace those lost to convention and conformity. Crossing the Sierra de Gredos is also a very human book of yearning and the ancient quest for love, peopled with memorable characters (from multiple historical periods) and imbued with Handke's inimitable ability to portray universal, inner-worldly adventures that blend past, future, present, and dreamtime.

Jukebox and Other Writings

Author: Peter Handke
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781466806986
Release Date: 1994-07-30
Genre: Fiction

Peter Handke offers three intimate, eloquent meditations that map a self-reflexive journey from Alaska to the Austria of his childhood, while illuminating the act of writing itself. In his "Essay on Tiredness," Handke transforms an everyday experience--often precipitated by boredom--into a fascinating exploration of the world of slow motion, differentiating degrees of fatigue, the types of weariness, its rejuvenating effects, as well as its erotic, cultural, and political implications. The title essay is Handke's attempt to understand the significance of the jukebox, a quest which leads him, while on a trip in Spain, into the literature of the jukebox, the history of the music box, and memories of the Beatles' music, in turn elucidating various stages of his own life. And in his "Essay on the Successful Day," for which there is no prescription, Handke invents a picture of tranquility, using a self-portrait by Hogarth as his point of departure to describe a state of being at peace. Playful, reflective, insightful, and entertaining, The Jukebox and Other Essays on Storytelling constitutes a literary triptych that redefines the art of the essay and challenges the form of the short story, confirming Peter Handke's stature as "one of the most original and provocative of contemporary writers" (Lawrence Graver, The New York Times Book Review).