A Sorrow Beyond Dreams - A Life Story

Author(s): Peter Handke; Jeffrey Eugenides (Introduction by); Ralph Manheim (Translator)


"The Sunday edition of the K rntner Volkszeitung carried the following item under 'Local News': 'In the village of A. (G. township), a housewife, aged 51, committed suicide on Friday night by taking an overdose of sleeping pills.'"

So opens A Sorrow Beyond Dreams, the eminent Austrian novelist and playwright Peter Handke's reckoning with his mother's life--which spanned the rise of the Nazis, World War II, and postwar suffering--and death. Both stark and lyrical, full of love, anger, admiration, and a keen sense of history, this slim book reveals Handke at his most lucid and direct. It is the most moving and accessible work in his distinguished career; it is "indispensable" (Bill Marx, The Boston Globe).


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  • : 9780374533649
  • : Farrar, Straus & Giroux
  • : Farrar, Straus & Giroux
  • : October 2012
  • : .28 Inches X 5.68 Inches X 8.19 Inches
  • : books

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  • : Peter Handke; Jeffrey Eugenides (Introduction by); Ralph Manheim (Translator)
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 838/.9/1409 B
  • : 96