A Sorrow Beyond Dreams: A Life Story

A Sorrow Beyond Dreams: A Life Story


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"The Sunday edition of the Kärntner 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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374533649
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Series: FSG Classics Series
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 494,347
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Peter Handke was born in Griffen, Austria, in 1942. He is the author of many plays and novels, including The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (FSG Classics) and, most recently, Don Juan: His Own Version (FSG, 2011).

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