Peter Handke’s Shocking Sentence

I would have bet heavily against finding the following in any work by Peter Handke:

And on their license plates they all had the number of the Oise Departement, where I was headed. Which number? Look it up in the internet.

If you are a Handke reader, you probably won’t believe that this sentence is in fact part of the novel The Fruit Thief, so here is a photo of page 68:

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Look it up in the internet. Mein lieber Gott!

p.s. My friend Don LaVange did in fact look it up and says the number is 60. Here’s the image he sent:

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About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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2 Responses to Peter Handke’s Shocking Sentence

  1. Don LaVange says:

    I did look and found the magic number was 60.

    Bless the internets…

    Like

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