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The first of Nobel Prize winner 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" (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 Handke's 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" (Boston Sunday Globe).
WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE 'Portrays the breakdown of a murderer in ways that recall Camus' The Stranger' The New York Times Joseph Bloch, a once-famous goalkeeper turned construction worker, commits a random murder without thought or regret. As he wanders the streets, from hotel to bar, cinema to tram stop, experiencing strange and violent encounters on the way, he finds himself, and everything around him, disintegrating. Told in spare and icy prose, Peter Handke's masterpiece of alienation takes apart our ideas of humanity and reality itself. 'A Kafkaesque crime novel' Los Angeles Times Translated by Michael Roloff
Expertly introduced and edited by A. Leslie Willson, the present volume is a collection to read and cherish, and to reread: to pass along and talk about. Its broad themes of tragedy, satire, and carefully observed daily living make it a cross section of German life and liveliness over the second half of the 20th century.
This short novel by Peter Handke is the biography of the narrator's mother. It is set against the backdrop of events in Austrian history, with emphasis upon the Anschluss of 1938 and the resulting hardships endured by rural women. These pressures, in the case of the narrator's mother, resulted in her suicide.
Entries cover biographical information, a bibliography of writings, and a critical analysis of each author's longer works of fiction, and address long fiction written in various time periods, countries, and genres.
Examines the themes, characters, plots, style, and technique of 347 works by authors from the non-English speaking countries of the world, including Poland, France, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Germany, and Russia.
A “challenging and rewarding novel”* from Nobel Prize-winning author Peter Handke. The time is an unspecified modernity, the place possibly Europe. Absence follows four nameless people -- the old man, the woman, the soldier, and the gambler -- as they journey to a desolate wasteland beyond the limits of an unnamed city. “In this smoothly written fable, Handke forcefully summons readers to the recognition that the essence of human life lies in the striving for self-expression even though its perfect realization must always remain elusive.”—*Publishers Weekly "A remarkably abstract book even for the very abstract Handke... Slippery but engrossing work, silkily translated." - Kirkus Reviews
Movies and Meaning is a comprehensive introduction to the film industry that focuses on three topics: how movies express meanings, how viewers understand those meanings, and how cinema functions globally as both an art and a business. It examines both how filmmakers create images and sounds and the mechanisms and processes by which viewers make sense of images and stories on screen.
Film reviews covering the years 1974 through 1979 and essays dealing with classic films, books on film, Charlie Chaplin, and John Gielgud confirm Kauffmann's status as one of the best film reviewers and critics
A combination of professional notebook and personal diary that records -- both in short, informal jottings and through more formal, extended meditations -- the details of Handke's daily life in Paris from November 1975 through March 1977. Along with references to such mentors as Truffaut, John Cowper Powys, Robert DeNiro and Goethe, the journal recounts Handke's passing impressions of strangers; the deep and delicate nature of his relationship with his daughter; and a brief hospital stay which stirs his ever-present fear of death.
WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE 'One of Europe's great writers' Karl Ove Knausgaard One evening Marianne, a suburban housewife living in an identikit bungalow, is struck by the realization that her husband will leave her. Whether at that moment, or in years to come, she will be deserted. So she sends him away, knowing she must fend for herself and her young son. As she adjusts to her disorienting new life alone, what she thought was fear slowly starts to feel like freedom. 'Knifelike clarity of evocation ... Handke is a kind of nature poet, a romantic whose exacerbated nerves cling like pained ivy to the landscape' John Updike Translated by Ralph Manheim
Three stories deal with the breakdown of language, a man's search for his missing wife, and a mother's suicide
WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE 'Repetition made a great and, as I have since learned, lasting impression on me' W. G. Sebald Filip Kobal, an Austrian teenager, is on the trail of his missing older brother Gregor, who he never knew. All he has is two of Gregor's books: a school copy book, and a dictionary in which certain words have been marked. As he enters Slovenia on his journey, Filip discovers something else entirely: the transformative power of language to describe the world, and the unnerving joy of being an outsider in a strange land. 'One of the most moving evocations I have ever read of what it means to be alive, to walk upon this earth' Gabriel Josipovici Translated by Ralph Manheim

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