On a Dark Night I Left My Silent House

On a Dark Night I Left My Silent House

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A short, powerful new novel by one of the greatest writers in the German language "On a Dark Night I Left My Silent House" is Peter Handke's evocative, moving, often fantastic, novel about one man's conflict with himself and his journey toward resolution. During one night shift, an unnamed, middle-aged pharmacist in Taxham, an isolated suburb of Salzburg, tells his story to a narrator. The pharmacist is known and well-respected, but lonely and estranged from his wife. He feels most comfortable wandering about in nature, collecting and eating hallucinogenic mushrooms. One day he receives a blow to the head that leaves him unable to speak, and the narrative is transformed from ironic description into a collection of sensual impressions, observations and reflections. The pharmacist, who is now called the driver, sets out on a quest, travelling into the Alps with two companions--a former Olympic skiing champion and a formerly famous poet--where he is beaten and later stalked by a woman. He drives through a tunnel and has a premonition of death, then finds himself in a surreal, foreign land. In a final series of bizarre, cathartic events, the driver regains his speech and is taken back to his pharmacy--back to his former life, but forever changed. A powerful, poetic exploration of language, longing and dislocation in the human experience, "On a Dark Night I Left My Silent House" reveals Handke at his magical best.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 142.24 x 213.36 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0374175470
  • 9780374175474

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