A Sorrow Beyond Dreams: A Life Story

byPETER HANDKETranslated byRalph ManheimIntroduction byJeffrey Eugenides

October 30, 2012|
A Sorrow Beyond Dreams: A Life Story by PETER HANDKE
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Nobel Prize winner Peter Handke--"the extravagantly talented Austrian playwright of chutzpah, novelist of sensibility, poet of linguistic games" (Kirkus)--ponders the life and early death of his mother

"The Sunday edition of the Kärntner Volkszeitung carried the following item under 'Local News': 'In the village of A. (G. township), a housewife, aged 51, committed suicide on Friday night by taking an overdose of sleeping pills.'"

So opens A Sorrow Beyond Dreams, Handke's reckoning with his mother's life--which spanned the rise of the Nazis, World War II, and postwar suffering--and death. Both stark and lyrical, full of love, anger, admiration, and a keen sense of history, this slim book reveals Handke at his most lucid and direct. It is the most moving and accessible work in his distinguished career; it is "indispensable" (Bill Marx, The Boston Globe).

Peter Handke was born in Griffen, Austria, in 1942. A novelist, playwright, and translator, he is the author of such acclaimed works as The Moravian Night, A Sorrow Beyond Dreams, The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, and Repetition. The recipient of multiple literary awards, including the Franz Kafka Prize and the International Ib...
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Title:A Sorrow Beyond Dreams: A Life StoryFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:96 pages, 8.3 X 5.53 X 0.31 inShipping dimensions:96 pages, 8.3 X 5.53 X 0.31 inPublished:October 30, 2012Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374533644

ISBN - 13:9780374533649

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