The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

A Novel

Peter Handke; Translated by Michael Roloff

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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The first of Peter Handke’s novels to be published  in English, The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick is a true modern classic that “portrays the…breakdown of a murderer in ways that recall Camus’s The Stranger”  (Richard Locke, The New York Times). The self-destruction of a soccer goalie turned construction worker who wanders aimlessly around a stifling Austrian border town after pursuing and then murdering, almost unthinkingly, a female movie cashier is mirrored by his use of direct, sometimes fractured prose that conveys “at its best a seamless blend of lyricism and horror seen in the runes of a disintegrating world” (Bill Marx, Boston Sunday Globe).

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“Handke became the enfant terrible of the European avant-garde, denouncing all social, psychological and historical categories of experience as species of linguistic fraud. But [he] has aged well and now…is regarded as one of the most important writers in German.” —Richard Locke, The New York Times

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Peter Handke; Translated by Michael Roloff

Peter Handke was born in Griffen, Austria, in 1942. His most recent novel is Crossing the Sierra de Gredos (FSG, 2007).

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The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick
A Novel
Peter Handke; Translated by Michael Roloff

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
December 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374531065
ISBN10: 0374531064
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 144 pages
$14.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
December 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466806818
ISBN10: 1466806818
144 pages
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