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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 Glob Barely remembered reading this in 1996 back when I read everything Handke had published Read a yellowed mass market paperback with a cartoon image of the author on the cover Three by Peter Handke Reread the novella in this snazzy 75 pg standalone edition for what felt like the first time really because Knausgaard recently mentioned it as a major influence This straightforward yet essentially scene less life story about Handke s mother s suicide gave Knausgaard a blueprint for how to write about his father s slow suicide by alcohol My painful memory of her daily motions especially in the kitchen Otherwise I love Handke s prose and unpredictable movement Loved the dissolution at the end into a string of memories observations uotations statements as in The Weight of the World an all time favorite He mentions going slowly so he doesn t lose his balance and maybe that s what I love about the prose and approach it tightropes across a crack in the cement with the sense that if he missteps what seems solid beneath his feet will give out and reveal itself as a long way down through empty air Like growing up after WWII in Austria his mother s slow dissolution and suicide is internalized it s something that he is his being an inheritance that doesn t express itself as a hyberbolic lie Also great stuff early on about poverty National Socialism penny pinching restraint true love the walls closing in a little by little and over time All of which might sound like dire reading but it s really an enjoyable uick read Someday I shall write about all this in greater detail Curiosity 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 Glob Barely remembered reading this in 1996 back when I read everything Handke had published Read a yellowed mass market paperback with a cartoon image A Matter For Men War Against The Chtorr 1 of her daily motions especially in the kitchen Otherwise I love Handke s prose and unpredictable movement Loved the dissolution at the end into a string le-choix-de-la-d-eacute-faite-les-eacute-lites-fran-ccedil-aises-dans-les-ann-eacute-es-1930 of memories The Hearts Victory observations uotations statements as in The Weight Scriptores Aethiopici Vol 20 of the World an all time favorite He mentions going slowly so he doesn t lose his balance and maybe that s what I love about the prose and approach it tightropes across a crack in the cement with the sense that if he missteps what seems solid beneath his feet will give Gajah Mada Gajah Mada 2 out and reveal itself as a long way down through empty air Like growing up after WWII in Austria his mother s slow dissolution and suicide is internalized it s something that he is his being an inheritance that doesn t express itself as a hyberbolic lie Also great stuff early on about poverty National Socialism penny pinching restraint true love the walls closing in a little by little and Souvenir over time All Twelfth Night Or What You Will of which might sound like dire reading but it s really an enjoyable uick read Someday I shall write about all this in greater detail

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Wunschloses Unglück

Pens 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 What does it mean to write about Death not abstract death or death of some invented Other but Death in its most personal intimate self shattering form How when the act of writing of composition is inherently distancing can one write about that which is closest to us The relationship of Life to Death is that of Music to Silence how can we write about the difference between the silence before a note and the silence that followsThe Death of the Mother This is a hackneyed literary trope and a cliche ridden mud plain of endless soggy sticky narrative To speak of it is to uote To uote is to dissemble To dissemble is to betray In this short novella only 70 or so pages in length Handke attempts to write about his mother in the weeks after her suicide Tries and fails And yet his failing is a masterpiece It is a work of a writer attempting to controldelineatecontain the ending of this life and not succeeding I urge you to set aside an hour or two one evening and read this in one unbroken sitting Keurboslaan Se Struikrower Keurboslaan 11 of the Nazis World War II and postwar suffering and death Both stark and lyrical full What does it mean to write about Death not abstract death Western State Terrorism or death Defending The Resurrection of some invented Other but Death in its most personal intimate self shattering form How when the act Teaching By Design In Elementary Mathematics Grades 2 3 of writing The Wallace And Gromit A Close Shave Pop Up Book of composition is inherently distancing can History Lovers Cookbook one write about that which is closest to us The relationship michael-lange-river of Life to Death is that Chinese Primer of Music to Silence how can we write about the difference between the silence before a note and the silence that followsThe Death The Count Of Monte Cristo of the Mother This is a hackneyed literary trope and a cliche ridden mud plain Divorce Amp Remarriage of it is to uote To uote is to dissemble To dissemble is to betray In this short novella 5 Elementos Tomo 1 only 70 The Dying Game or so pages in length Handke attempts to write about his mother in the weeks after her suicide Tries and fails And yet his failing is a masterpiece It is a work Contemporary Japanese Architects of a writer attempting to controldelineatecontain the ending Collision With The Infinite or two Reality Lesbian one evening and read this in

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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 o A HYMN TO TRAGEDYIt is a difficult proposition to write a memoir about the death of one s mother and that too when she commits suicide at the age of 51 I have a somber association with that number as my mother too passed away at that age A Sorrow beyond dreams is Handke s poignant account of his mother s life and death Prosaic poetic elliptical and self conscious it is an exacting picture of the shock and grief that await those who have inherited the ruins of a suicide Rarely in recent years has reading a mini masterpiece of just 76 pages had such a macro impact on my psycheThe Austrian writer Peter Handke is one the greatest and most original novelists and playwrights writing in German language today My exposure to his prose dates back to early 90 s when I was impressed with reading his novels like The Left handed Woman and major plays such as The Ride Across Lake Constance When another Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek won Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004 I wondered why they didn t bestow it on Peter Handke a writer much worthy of that prize Jelenik too voiced in an interview that Handke deserved it better than her Btw I read Jelinek s The Piano Teacher last year and was impressed with her prose too Well Handke may never win a Nobel as he has been a controversial figure due to his involvement in Balkan Conflict and being a sympathizer of Slobodan MilosevicYou can read this as a memoir or metafiction of a poor sprightly and hearty woman in Austria full curiosity and zest for life who undergoes slow disintegration first due to the members of her family and the society around her who chain her by not allowing to get education and gain independence and then by the loveless relationships and associated miseries that drain her spirits and will to exist Peter Handke narrates the story of his mother from a totally impersonal and disinterested perspective There are only few places where Handke addresses the woman as My mother especially at the beginning My mother has been dead for almost seven weeks I had better go to work before the need to write about her which I felt so strongly at her funeral dies away and I fall back into the dull speechlessness with which I reacted to the nerves of her suicideHandke adopts for his composition a deliberate formulation based on facts and the way he gets into the different stages in her life may seem like reading a resume of one s life He knows the vulnerability when writing about one s own mother and therefore exerts great restraint in not allowing the words to slip into sentimentality and histrionics His minimalistic approach in narrating her dull life drenched in drudgeries can be perceived from this passage For a woman to be born into such surroundings was in itself deadly But perhaps there was one comfort no need to worry about the future The fortune tellers at our church fairs took a serious interest only in the palms of young men a girl s future was a jokeNo possibilities It was all settled in advance a bit of flirtation a few giggles a brief bewilderment then the alien resigned look of a woman starting to keep house again the first children a bit of togetherness after the Kitchen work from the start not listened to and in turn listening less and less Inner monologues trouble with her legs varicose veins mute except for mumbling in her sleep cancer of the womb and finally with death destiny fulfilled The girls in our town used to play a game based on the stations in a woman s life Tired Exhausted Sick Dying Dead Born in a small Austrian village in the 1920s Handke s mother he keeps her nameless lived in a world constrained by history and convention Unlike many cloistered women in her village Handke s mother valiantly though vainly makes several attempts to streamline her life She runs away from the soundless persecution at home pursues a career at age fifteen bears an illegitimate son Peter Handke from her first love a saving bank clerk who vanishes from her life as uickly as he emerges marries a German army sergeant and after World War II they settle in Berlin where he works as a motor mechanic who then degenerates into a drunkard subjecting her to routine torture She bears a second child aborts a third and grows old before her time In 1948 they flee the eastern sector of the city and return to Austria to the house where she was born There she enjoys a brief spell of normalcy picks up reading literature which turns out to be her true solace and involves herself in politics to regain her presence in society Eventually she succumbs to nervous breakdown brought up by the accumulated pain and slow atrophy of her life and finally blows it out with barbiturates Sualid misery can be described in concrete terms Handke writes poverty can only be intimated in symbols The torture of maintaining outward appearances and rituals in this hygienic poverty is a deep undercurrent in the novel From the first she was under pressure to keep up the forms in country schools the subject most stressed for girls was called the outward form and appearance of written work in later life this found its continuation in a woman s obligation to put on a semblance of a united family not cheerful poverty but formally perfect sualor and gradually in its daily effort to up appearances her face lost its soul Christmas necessities were packaged as presents We surprised each other with such necessities as underwear stockings and handkerchiefs and the beneficiary said he had WISHED for just that We pretended that just about everything that was given to us except food was a present I was sincerely grateful for the most indispensable school materials and spread them out beside my bed like presents A Sorrow Beyond Dreams grips us with Handke s unusual techniue of compressed narration that succeeds to impart emotional intensity without emotionalizing the grey universe around her He weaves a kaleidoscope by mixing memories events objects and casual statements Passages are pregnant with irony too Here are few examples In general these memories are inhabited by things than by people a dancing top in a deserted street amid ruins oat flakes in a sugar spoon gray mucus in a tin spittoon with a Russian trademark of people only separated parts hair cheeks knotted scars on fingers from her childhood days my mother had a swollen scar on her index finger I held onto it when I walked beside herAnother way of listing would be eually idyllic your aching back your hands scalded in the wash boiler then frozen red while hanging up the clothes how the frozen washing crackled as you folded it up an occasional nosebleed when you straightened up after hours of bending over the eternal moaning about little aches and pains because after all you were only a woman Women among themselves not How are you feeling but Are you feeling better At home of course she was alone with the FOUR WALLS some of the bounces was still there a hummed tune a dance step while taking off the shoes a brief desire to jump out of her skin And then she was dragging herself around the room again from husband to child from child to husband and from one thing to anotherFiction these days offers a lot of chaff not in the case of this novel Every paragraph or sentence in this memoir prompts one to pause absorb heave a sigh and then move forward with a lump in one s throat Handke is a master in using syncopated sentences one liners wrenching associations cold enumerations and slots of silences which cumulatively deepen the impact of the tragedyThere is an intentional interlude at page 46 where Peter Handke as writer casts doubts on himself and uestions whether his modus operandi of writing the memoir has any merit The danger of all these abstractions and formulations is of course that they tend to become independent When that happens the individual that gave rise to them is forgotten like images in a dream phrases and sentences enter into a chain reaction and the result is literary ritual in which individual life ceases to be anything than a pretextThese two dangers the danger of merely telling what happened and the danger of a human individual becoming painlessly submerged in poetic sentences have slowed down my writing because in every sentence I am afraid of losing my balance This is true of every literary effort but especially in this case where the facts are so overwhelming and there is hardly anything to think out At the end Handke recounts his flight home for the funeral and confesses I was beside myself with pride that she had committed suicide as if she had finally availed herself of the only freedom remaining to her It is a stunning line This is followed by two pages of aphoristic observations and his incapacity to separate him from the protagonist in narrating her life It is not true that writing has helped me In my weeks of preoccupations with the story the story has not ceased to preoccupy me Writing has not as I at first supposed been a remembering of a concluded period in my life but merely a constant pretense at remembering in the form of sentences that only lay claim to detachment Even now I sometimes wake up with a start as though in response to some inward prodding and breathless with horror feel that I am literally rotting away from second to second The air in the darkness is so still that losing their balance torn from their moorings the things of my world fly soundlessly about in another minute they will come crashing down from all directions and smother me In these tempests of dread I become magnetic like a decaying animal and uite otherwise than in undirected pleasure where all my feelings play together freely I am attacked by an undirected objective horrorAnd the last line of the memoir accentuates his sense of incompleteness Someday I shall write about all this in greater detail Considering that this memoir was written in 1972 when Handke was only 31 one marvels at the maturity stylistic virtuosity and thematic integrity he has demonstrated in this magnum Opus Elegant simplicity purity and austerity seldom encountered in prose these days are the hallmarks of this work I have now decided to get all his important works and start my new journey in the postmodern fiction of Handke A Sorrow beyond dreams is a loving portrait of inconsolable grief the story of woman whose lively spirit was crushed not once but over and over again by the miseries of her place and time I underscore what W G Sebald said about Peter Handke The specific narrative genre he developed succeeded by dint of its completely original linguistic and imaginative precision through which in works such as The Goalie s Anxiety or A Sorrow Beyond Dreams the author reports and meditates upon the silent catastrophes that continuously befall the human interior Conclusion Highly recommended to all readers of postmodern fiction


10 thoughts on “Wunschloses Unglück

  1. says:

    I came to this slim novella through Maggie Nelson who recommends it in RED PARTS It is the story of Handke's mother's suicide and his rapid attempts to capture it and her life through writing Handke is a strange wonderful writer and I raced through the early part of this with pleasure as he constructed a profile of his mother's life in Ger

  2. says:

    A HYMN TO TRAGEDYIt is a difficult proposition to write a memoir about the death of one’s mother and that too when she commits suicide at the age of 51 I have a somber association with that number as my mother too passed

  3. says:

    Briefly In Jeffrey Eugenides introduction readers are told “In fact German has two words for self slaughter Selbstmord which is roughly euivalent to the English “suicide” and Freitod which means literally “free death” and

  4. says:

    What does it mean to write about Death not abstract death or death of some invented Other but Death in its most personal intimate self shattering form How when the act of writing of composition is inherently distancing can one write about that which is closest to us The relationship of Life to Death is that of Music to Silence; how can we write about the difference between the silence before a note and the silence tha

  5. says:

    The half lit room The cream colored paint on the walls reflecting barely enough light to see The tiled floor absent of dirt or dust The cot which lies empty barren and untouched All of these circumstances all of these facts can be taken as a symbol for the hurt pain and utter emptiness Handke's mother felt as she grew to become in her own words nothing And so she was nothing and never would be anything it was s

  6. says:

    February 16 2020 the I read of Handke the it seems that the death of his Slovenian mother is the key to the whole edifice In addition to being a masterpiece in its own right this book helps unlock the mysteries of Repetition and the Moravian Night Clues to his strange and twisted politics are here as well She was; she became; she became nothingA teenage boy gives his mother the books he's been reading novels by Hamsun D

  7. says:

    “My sense of horror makes me feel better at last my boredom is gone; an unresisting body no exhausting distances a painless passage of time” Peter Handke writes in this distilling memoir about his mother A Sorrow Beyond Dreams is his atte

  8. says:

    Barely remembered reading this in 1996 back when I read everything Handke had published Read a yellowed mass market paperback with a cartoon image of the author on the cover Three by Peter Handke Reread the novella in this snazzy 75 pg standalone edition for what felt like the first time really because Knausgaard recently mentioned it as a major influence This straightforward yet essentially scene less life story about Handke's mother's sui

  9. says:

    Peter Handke has written an elegy for his mother a suicide unlike anything I've read before It is also the story

  10. says:

    It would be very difficult to write anything about this book without spoiling it for anyone who wants to read it

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