The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick


By (author) Peter Handke, Translated by Michael Roloff

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  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 133 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 206mm x 15mm | 91g
  • Publication date: 10 December 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0374531064
  • ISBN 13: 9780374531065
  • Edition statement: Limited and Us and Updated to Include New Develop ed.
  • Sales rank: 142,136

Product description

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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Author information

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

Review quote

"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 regarded as one of the most important writers in German." --Richard Locke, "The New York Times"