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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Handke: a footnote

I'm a classical writer. I'm a conservative classical writer.
So says Peter Handke of himself in this brief but profound NYT interview. What does that mean? asks Deborah Solomon.
With a lot of air in it. With a lot of snow flurries and summer breezes in the books.

I like the accompanying picture too - Handke barefoot, just in from the writing shed; his feet not just on the ground but caressing it. The photo reminds me of the imagined significance of Bill Callahan's barefeet during his awesome live acoustic set a couple of years ago. His ex- Cat Power was also barefoot on the David Letterman Show the other week too. What is going on?

Also worth noting about the interview is Handke on a forthcoming novel in translation:
It's very difficult to translate. It's called The Loss of the Image. It's a medieval novel about modern times. The hero is a woman banker who is starting to forget herself in the Spanish mountains.
Anyone with any news on the identity of the publisher, please write to me or add a comment. Farrar Straus Giroux published the airy My Year in the No-man's Bay in 1998 but seem to have air-brushed it from the archives.


  1. I have just bought a translated novella by Peter Handke (inspired by your recommendations) entitled 'A Sorrow Beyond Dreams'. The publisher in this instance is the Pushkin Press. I have no idea whether they will take the book you mention, but I guess it's worth checking their new list.

  2. Yes, I have that edition. It's years since I read "A Sorrow Beyond Dreams" though. It's a reissue, which I think is what Pushkin must do - the Stifter for example. I very much doubt they'd publish the new novel.

    It's a shame "Repetition" and "Across" aren't more easily available though I did see the latter in the LRB Bookshop in London.

  3. I almost never see any Handke books, even used, though I did manage to snag both Repetition and Across this weekend in Philadelphia. I look forward to finally reading him.

  4. Anonymous5:37 am

    steve, you will find no end of handke material at
    incuding a 15 k piece on the milosevics controversy...
    and you can if you have the time and liking explore the dozen subsites.

    here are some things of mine in german on handke...

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