Peter Handke

Handke in 2006 Peter Handke (; born 6 December 1942) is an Austrian novelist, playwright, translator, poet, film director, and screenwriter. 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." Handke is considered to be one of the most influential and original German-language writers in the second half of the 20th century.

In the late 1960s, he earned his reputation as a member of the avant-garde with such plays as ''Offending the Audience'' (1966) in which actors analyze the nature of theatre and alternately insult the audience and praise its "performance", and ''Kaspar'' (1967). His novels, mostly ultra objective, deadpan accounts of characters in extreme states of mind, include ''The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick'' (1970) and ''The Left-Handed Woman'' (1976). Prompted by his mother's suicide in 1971, he reflected her life in the novella ''A Sorrow Beyond Dreams'' (1972).

A dominant theme of his works is the deadening effects and underlying irrationality of ordinary language, everyday reality, and rational order. Handke was a member of the ''Grazer Gruppe'' (an association of authors) and the Grazer Autorenversammlung, and co-founded the Verlag der Autoren publishing house in Frankfurt. He collaborated with director Wim Wenders, and wrote such screenplays as ''The Wrong Move'' and ''Wings of Desire''.

In 1973, he won the Georg Büchner Prize, the most important literary prize for German-language literature. In 1999, as a protest against the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, Handke returned the prize money to the German Academy for Language and Literature. Handke has drawn significant controversy for his public support of Serbian nationalism in the wake of the Yugoslav Wars. Provided by Wikipedia
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  1. The second sword
    a tale from the merry month of May My day in the other land a tale of demons
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    a tale from the merry month of May My day in the other land a tale of demons
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    by Handke, Peter
    Published 2024
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