The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick
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The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

By (author) Peter Handke , Translated by Michael Roloff

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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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  • Paperback | 133 pages
  • 132.08 x 205.74 x 15.24mm | 90.72g
  • 10 Dec 2007
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • Limited and Us and Updated to Include New Develop ed.
  • 0374531064
  • 9780374531065
  • 132,553

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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).

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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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