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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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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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The Idiot (from Peter Handke’s Die Obstdiebin / The Fruit Thief)

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Another couple of steps farther, at the threshold of the square fronting the train station, part of the goings-on, the Idiot of the No-Man’s-Bay. (There have been various others, and there might well have been even more.) For some time … Continue reading

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The Idiot: A History of the Story

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In his Nobel Prize lecture Peter Handke spoke about stories from his childhood that formed him and that still accompany him as a writer. One of them appeared in his Der kurze Brief zum langen Abschied, 1972: Er fing zu … Continue reading

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Images on the Solstice: From Peter Handke’s Novel “The Fruit Thief” (Die Obstdiebin)

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Images arise deep within himself, the narrator writes, and describes them with a single sentence I’ll translate here as solstice work, on a day following a week of darkness and anxiety, on a day the sun stands still (sol-stice) and … Continue reading

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