Absence

Peter Handke; Ralph Manheim, Translator

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The time is an unspecified modernity, the place possibly Europe. Absence follows four nameless people -- the old man, the woman, the soldier, and the gambler -- as they journey to a desolate wasteland beyond the limits of an unnamed city.

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Absence
Late one Sunday afternoon the statues on the city squares are casting long shadows and the humped asphalt of the deserted suburban streets is giving off a bronze glow. The only sounds from inside the café are the hum of the ventilator and an intermittent clatter. A glance goes up to the branches of a plane tree, as if someone were standing under it, watching the countless incessantly swinging seedpods, the large-lobed, long-stemmed leaves, which move spasmodically, all together, like a semaphore, and the swaying, deep-yellow nests of sunlight in the foliage; where the blotchy trunk

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Peter Handke; Ralph Manheim, Translator

Peter Handke was born in Griffen, Austria, in 1942. He is the author of books, plays and screenplays, including the novel Crossing the Sierra de Gredos (FSG, 2007) and the nonfiction work Don Juan - His Own Version (FSG, 2010).

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Absence
Peter Handke; Ralph Manheim, Translator

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
June 2000
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ISBN: 9781466807754
ISBN10: 146680775X
118 pages
$7.99

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
June 2000
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ISBN: 9780374527631
ISBN10: 0374527636
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 118 pages
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