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Friday, April 28, 2017

The Afternoon of a Writer (1987) by Peter Handke


Book Review
The Afternoon of a Writer (1987)
 by Peter Handke

  It's hard not to compare The Afternoon of a Writer, A German language novella about an isolated and obsessed intellectual, with the contemporaneous work of Thomas Bernhard, another German language writer who writes novella's about obsessed and isolated intellectuals.   Nearly all of the German language works on the 1001 Books list from this time period can be described the same way.

  Unlike Bernhard's protagonitst, Handke's writer can pass for normal, he is alone as part of his writing process, and The Afternoon of a Writer is notable largely for the insight that Handke brings to that lonely world.

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