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    DescriptionProvocative, romantic, and restlessly exploratory, Peter Handke is one of the great writers of our time. "Slow Homecoming," originally published in the late 1970s, is central to his achievement and to the powerful influence he has exercised on other writers, chief among them W.G. Sebald. A novel of self-questioning and self-discovery, "Slow Homecoming" is a singular odyssey, an escape from the distractions of the modern world and the unhappy consciousness, a voyage that is fraught and fearful but ultimately restorative, ending on an unexpected note of joy. The book begins in America. Writing with the jarring intensity of his early work, Handke introduces Valentin Sorger, a troubled geologist who has gone to Alaska to lose himself in his work, but now feels drawn back home: on his way to Europe he moves in ominous disorientation through the great cities of America. The second part of the book, "The Lesson of Mont Sainte-Victoire," identifies Sorger as a projection of the author, who now writes directly about his own struggle to reconstitute himself and his art by undertaking a pilgrimage to the great mountain that Cezanne painted again and again. Finally, "Child Story" is a beautifully observed, deeply moving account of a new father--not so much Sorger or the author as a kind of Everyman--and his love for his growing daughter.


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    Title
    Slow Homecoming
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Handke, Introduction by Greil Marcus, Introduction by Benjamin Kunkel
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 278
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781590173077
    ISBN 10: 1590173074
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    DC22: FIC
    DC21: 833.914
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    Ingram Theme: APPR/RDRCAT
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Publisher
    NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
    Imprint name
    NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
    Publication date
    31 March 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Peter Handke was born in Griffen, Austria, in 1942. He came to early prominence in the 1960s for such experimental plays as "Kaspar" and rapidly established himself asone of the most respected German-language writers of his generation, producing fiction, translations, memoirs, screenplays, and essays. Among his best-known novels are "The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick," "Repetition," and "My Year in the No-Man's Bay." He has directed adaptions of his novels "The Left-Handed Woman" and "Absence" and collaborated with filmmaker Wim Wenders on four films, including "Wings of Desire." In addition to "Slow Homecoming," NYRB Classics has also published Handke's novel "Short Letter, Long Farewell" and his memoir "A Sorrow Beyond Dreams." Benjamin Kunkel is the author of the novel "Indecision" and a founding editor of "n+1" magazine. Ralph Manheim (1907-1992) translated Gunter Grass, Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Hermann Hesse, and Martin Heidegger, along with many other German and French authors.
    Review quote
    "Moving and powerful...with the freshness that only an extraordinary writer can impart." -"Los Angeles Times" ______________________________________________ PRAISE FOR HANDKE "One of the most original and provocative of contemporary writers." -Lawrence Graver, "The New York Times" "Peter Handke...perhaps the most interesting young writer in German today." -Frank Kermode "There is no denying Handke's willful intensity and knife-like clarity of emotion. He writes from an area beyond psychology, where feelings acquire the adamancy of randomly encountered, geologically analyzed pebblesEThe best writer, altogether, in his language." -John Updike, "The New Yorker" "His experimental poetry and anarchic, anti-authoritarian work win him a following among Germany's left-wing 1968ers'. Handke aims to strip away unnecessary words and challenge linguistic conventions, developing a spare, robust prose style." -"The Guardian" "IMAGINE a cross between Holden Caulfield and Bertolt Brecht, and you'll have a sense of the Austrian novelist, playwright and screenwriter Peter Handke, whose alienation from the phony and harmful adult world is as pure as his esthetic purity is purposefully alienating...As it happened, Handke ended up writing social criticism with a vengeance...though to some degree time-bound tales of angst, have a pained, mysterious beauty. Their alluring tension lies in the little war they prosecute between eloquence of expression and rage at the loss of meaning." -"The New York Times" "Peter Handke made his reputation as an important writer with a fierce, icy set of plays and novels: "Offending the Audience," "Kaspar," "The Ride Across Lake Constance," "The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick" and "Short Letter, Long Farewell." Oblique yet startlingly immediate, these works embodied in fresh fictional and dramatic forms concerns that seemed particularly postmodern, notably an obsession (indeed, a disgust) with th