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A Sorrow Beyond Dreams by Ralph Manheim (Translator), Peter Handke (Author)

A Sorrow Beyond Dreams

Ralph Manheim (Translator), Peter Handke (Author)

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Imprint: Pushkin Press
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication date: 7 Nov 2019
ISBN: 9781782276081
3 stars out of 5
6 Dec 2019

"Handke’s politics trivialise Bosnian suffering, yet his writing also gives words to the voiceless ordeals long considered too mundane for literature"

These are recounted matter-of-factly, for in this moral universe, violence is a matter of fact. Handke is critiquing literary traditions in which suffering is “submerged in poetic sentences”. He eschews heightened rhetoric to avoid the romanticism of Heimat­literatur (cosy, rustic narratives). Instead he employs what Updike termed Handke’s “knifelike clarity of evocation”. Or perhaps we should say needlelike, because it was with a knitting needle that Maria terminated her pregnancies.

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