By (author) Peter Handke , Translated by Professor Ralph Manheim


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Handke's novel tells the story of a quiet, organized classics teacher named Andreas Loser. One night, on the way to his regularly scheduled card game, he passes a tree that has been defaced by a swastika. Impulsively yet deliberately, he tracks down the defacer and kills him. With this act, Loser has crossed an invisble threshold, and will be stuck in this secular purgatory until he can confess his crime.

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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 10.16mm | 181.44g
  • 15 Jun 2000
  • Farrar Straus Giroux
  • English, German
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0374527644
  • 9780374527648
  • 441,355

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Author Information

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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