Kaspar and Other Plays

Kaspar and Other Plays


By (author) Peter Handke, Translated by Michael Roloff

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  • Publisher: Hill & Wang
  • Format: Paperback | 152 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 10mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 January 1970
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0809015463
  • ISBN 13: 9780809015467
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 279,780

Product description

"Kaspar," 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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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"