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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: 129,893
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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Peter Handke was born in Griffen, Austria, in 1942. His most recent novel is "Crossing the Sierra de Gredos "(FSG, 2007).
"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"