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A Sorrow Beyond Dreams

A Life Story

Peter Handke; Introduction by Jeffrey Eugenides; Translated from the German by Ralph Manheim

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

“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, the eminent Austrian novelist and playwright Peter 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).

 

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  • Peter Handke; Introduction by Jeffrey Eugenides; Translated from the German by Ralph Manheim

  • Peter Handke was born in Griffen, Austria, in 1942. He is the author of many plays and novels, including The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (FSG Classics) and, most recently, Don Juan: His Own Version (FSG, 2011).

  • Peter Handke Lillian Birnbaum
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A Sorrow Beyond Dreams

A Life Story

Peter Handke; Introduction by Jeffrey Eugenides; Translated from the German by Ralph Manheim

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