Don Juan

His Own Version

Peter Handke; Translated from the German by Krishna Winston

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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A MODERN MASTER’S WRY AND ENTERTAINING TAKE ON HISTORY’S BEST-KNOWN LOVER

In Don Juan, Peter Handke offers his take on the famous seducer. Don Juan’s story—“his own version”—is filtered through the consciousness of an anonymous narrator, a failed innkeeper and chef, into whose solitude Don Juan bursts one day. On each day of the week that follows, Don Juan describes the adventures he experienced on that same day a week earlier. The adventures are erotic, but Handke’s Don Juan is more pursued than pursuer. What makes his accounts riveting are the remarkable evocations of places and people, and the nature of his narration. This is, above all, a book about storytelling and its ability to burst the ordinary boundaries of time and space.

In this brief and wry volume, Handke conjures images and depicts the subtleties of human interaction with an unforgettable vividness. Along the way, he offers a sharp commentary on many features of contemporary life.

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Don the Juan had always been looking for some­one to listen to him. Then one fine day he found me. He told me his story, but in the third person rather than in the first. At least that is how I recall it now.
At the time in question, I was cooking only for myself, for the time being, in my country inn near the ruins of Port-Royal-des-Champs, which in the seventeenth century was France’s most famous cloister, as well as its most infa­mous. There were a couple of guest rooms that I was using just then as part of my private quarters.

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“Handke’s power of observation and his seemingly casual tone, in which every word bears indispensable weight, are as mesmerizing as ever . . . A Handke tale invites active reading, speculation rather than passive absorption . . . It is [his] loving gaze, honed by time and discipline, that shows readers the way out again into the world’s prolific and astonishing strangeness.”  —KAI MARISTED, The New York Times Book Review

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Peter Handke; Translated from the German by Krishna Winston

PETER HANDKE was born in Griffen, Austria, in 1942. His many works include The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, A Sorrow Beyond Dreams, My Year in No-Man’s Bay, On a Dark Night I Left My Silent House, and Crossing the Sierra de Gredos, all published by FSG.

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Don Juan
His Own Version
Peter Handke; Translated from the German by Krishna Winston

e-Book Agency

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
February 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429936347
ISBN10: 1429936347
112 pages
$8.56

Hardcover

Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
February 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374142315
ISBN10: 0374142319
5 x 7 1/2 inches, 112 pages
$22.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
February 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374532642
ISBN10: 0374532648
4 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches, 112 pages
$12.00
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