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Peter Handke: 79th Birthday Today

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Peter Handke and his work have influenced and inspired me for more than 30 years. Proof lies in a set of publications on his work, translations of his work, and narratives of traveling with him. Today I’m deeply grateful for … Continue reading

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Ivo Andrić Prize

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In May, Peter Handke was awarded the “Ivo Andrić Prize” by the Andrić Institute in Višegrad for the best book published in Serbia or the Republic of Srpska during 2020. The award was for the novel “The Second Sword: May … Continue reading

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Repetitions

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Several times a week I walk up and down the foothills our town of Woodland Hills perches on. Santaquin Peak and Tower Mountain rise above us to the southeast and east, Utah Valley stretches away to the north. I carry … Continue reading

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Peter Handke’s “Head Coverings in Skopje”

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On a bright November morning, with hope for relief from nationalist and xenophobic provocations by our current red-hatted narcicist-in-chief, I offer this translation of Peter Handke’s paean to “and” as opposed to “or” (from the book Once Again for Thucydides). … Continue reading

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Abstracting Nature, Reifying Time

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A beautiful fall day and I have time for a walk this afternoon. Like so often before—I’ve been walking this route for fifteen years—I pick up a smooth stone on the way down the hill, what Germans call a Handschmeichler—a … Continue reading

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Reading Notes

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Walking this morning, I watched two bicyclists ride past and couldn’t remember the German word for a road bike. “Strasse…”–street…, I thought, and then the word “Strassenkreuzer” came to mind, street cruiser (cruiser as in a warship, streetcruiser as in … Continue reading

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Cloud Syntax

Die Obstdiebin / The Fruit Thief Novel by Peter Handke I’ve been reading this novel slowly, a few pages a day, hungry for the complex syntax and Handke’s phenomenological observations. Today I came to the sentence below, complex enough that … Continue reading

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We / On Friendship

This morning I signed a contract with Laguna press for publication of Zarko’s and my book titled We / On Friendship. My half of the book will be translated into Serbo/Croatian. Zarko’s half is already in his native language. They … Continue reading

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Peter Handke’s Shocking Sentence

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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 … Continue reading

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NORINCO EXPLOSIONS FROM PETER HANDKE’S THE FRUIT THIEF

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  The narrator of Handke’s novel The Fruit Thief is walking through the city when he encounters familiar cast-iron covers for cables and pipes. They are made by a company called NORINCO, whatever that means, he wonders, a company that seems to … Continue reading

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