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    DescriptionKaspar, Peter Handke's first full-length drama--hailed in Europe as the play of the decade and compared in importance to Waiting for Godot--is the story of an autistic adolescent who finds himself at a complete existential loss on the stage, with but a single sentence to call his own. Drilled by prompters who use terrifyingly funny logical and alogical language-sequences, Kaspar learns to speak normally and eventually becomes creative--doing his own thing with words; for this he is destroyed. In Offending the Audience and Self-Accusation, one-character speak-ins, Handke further explores the relationship between public performance and personal identity, forcing us to reconsider our sense of who we are and what we know.

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    Kaspar and Other Plays
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Handke, Translated by Michael Roloff
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 152
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    ISBN 13: 9780809015467
    ISBN 10: 0809015463

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.2
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DD
    LC classification: PN
    Ingram Subject Code: PY
    Libri: I-PY
    Abridged Dewey: 808
    B&T General Subject: 630
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: DRA004000
    DC21: 832.914
    DC22: 832.914
    Thema V1.0: DD
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Farrar Straus Giroux
    Imprint name
    Farrar Straus Giroux
    Publication date
    01 January 1970
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Peter Handke was born in Griffen, Austria in 1942. His many works of fiction include "Absence," "Across," "The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick," and "Short Letter," "Long Farewell."
    Review quote
    "It's not often you come across writing that resounds with the undeniable sense that a writer's life hangs in the balance."--Sam Shepard, "Vanity Fair" "Unmistakably one of the best writers we have in that self-discovering tendency in contemporary writing we have chosen to call post-modernism. His plays and novels have steadily and splendidly put to the test many of our essential presumptions about the nature of reality and art."--Malcolm Bradbury, "The New York Times Book Review"