A sorrow beyond dreams: A life story

A sorrow beyond dreams: A life story by Peter Handke

ISBN10: 0374267200
ISBN13: 978-0374267209
Author: Peter Handke
Title: A sorrow beyond dreams: A life story
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition (1975)
Language: English
Size ePub: 1393 kb
Size PDF: 1531 kb
Rating: 4.6/5
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A sorrow beyond dreams: A life story by Peter Handke



Peter Handke's mother was an invisible woman. Throughout her life—which spanned the Nazi era, the war, and the postwar consumer economy—she struggled to maintain appearances, only to arrive at a terrible recognition: "I'm not human any more." Not long after, she killed herself with an overdose of sleeping pills.

In A Sorrow Beyond Dreams her son sits down to record what he knows, or thinks he knows, about his mother's life and death before, in his words, "the dull speechlessness—the extreme speechlessness" of grief takes hold forever. And yet the experience of speechlessness, as it marks both suffering and love, lies at the heart of Handke's brief but unforgettable elegy. This austere, scrupulous, and deeply moving book is one of the finest achievements of a great contemporary writer.

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