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Peter Handke - Nobel Prize in Literature, 2019 (22 books)
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PETER HANDKE (b. 1942) is an avant-garde Austrian playwright, novelist, poet, and essayist, one of the most provocative and original German-language writers in the second half of the 20th century.  He was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature "for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience."

He came to public notice as an anti-conventional playwright with his first important drama, "Offending the Audience" (1966) [included in KASPAR & OTHER PLAYS], in which four actors analyze the nature of theatre for an hour and then alternately insult the audience and praise its "performance," a strategy that arouses varied reactions from the crowd.  Several more plays lacking conventional plot, dialogue, and characters followed.  Handke's most significant dramatic piece is his first full-length play, "Kaspar" (1968), hailed by Max Frisch as "the play of the decade", depicting the foundling Kaspar Hauser as a near-speechless innocent destroyed by society's attempts to impose on him its language and its own rational values.

Handke's novels are for the most part ultra-objective, deadpan accounts of characters who are in extreme states of mind.  His fiction is filled with echoes not only of Kafka, Sartre, Camus, and Robbe-Grillet but also of American gangster films and Westerns.  His best-known novel, THE GOALIE'S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK (1970), is an imaginative thriller about a former football (soccer) player who commits a pointless murder and then waits for the police to take him into custody.  THE LEFT-HANDED WOMAN (1976) is a dispassionate description of a young mother coping with the disorientation she feels after she has separated from her husband.

Handke has also written short stories, essays, poetry, radio dramas, and autobiographical works.  The dominant theme of his writings is that ordinary language, everyday reality, and their accompanying rational order have a constraining and deadening effect on human beings and are underlain by irrationality, confusion, and even madness.

The following books are in ePUB format unless otherwise indicated:

                               == FICTION ==

* Absence (FSG, 1990).  Ralph Manheim, trans.
* Across (FSG, 1986).  Ralph Manheim, trans.
* Afternoon of a Writer, The (FSG, 1989).  Ralph Manheim, trans. -- PDF
* Crossing the Sierra de Gredos (FSG, 2007).  Krishna Winston, trans.
* Don Juan: His Own Version (FSG, 2010).  Krishna Winston, trans.
* Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, The (FSG, 1972). Michael Roloff, trans.
* Left-Handed Woman, The (FSG, 1978).  Ralph Manheim, trans.
* Moment of True Feeling, A (FSG, 1977).  Ralph Manheim, trans.
* Moravian Night, The (FSG, 2016).  Krishna Winston, trans.
* My Year in the No-Man's-Bay (FSG, 1998).   Krishna Winston, trans.
* On a Dark Night I Left My Silent House (FSG, 2000). K. Winston, trans. -- PDF
* Repetition (FSG, 1988).  Ralph Manheim, trans.
* Short Letter, Long Farewell (FSG, 1974).  Ralph Manheim, trans.
* Slow Homecoming (FSG, 1985).  Ralph Manheim, trans.

                            == PLAYS & POETRY ==

* Innerworld of the Outerworld... (Continuum, 1974). Michael Roloff, trans. -- PDF
* Kaspar & Other Plays (Hill & Wang, 1989).  Michael Roloff, trans.
* Nonsense and Happiness (Urizen, 1976).  Michael Roloff, trans. -- PDF
* Ride Across Lake Constance & Other Plays (FSG, 1976).  Michael Roloff, trans.
* Voyage by Dugout (Performing Arts Journal, 2012). Scott Abbott, trans. -- PDF

                              == NON-FICTION ==

* Journey to the Rivers, A (Viking, 1997).  Scott Abbott, trans. -- PDF
* Jukebox & Other Essays on Storytelling (FSG, 1994).  Ralph Manheim, trans.
* Sorrow Beyond Dreams, A (Pushkin, 2001).  Ralph Manheim, trans.


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