The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 133 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 17.78mm | 136.08g
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English, German
  • Limited and Us and Updated to Include New Develop ed.
  • 0374531064
  • 9780374531065
  • 158,509

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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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About Peter Handke

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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