Kaspar and Other Plays by Peter Handke

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Kaspar, Peter Handke's first full-length drama--hailed in Europe as "the play of the decade" and compared in importance to Waiting for Godot--is the story of an autistic adolescent who finds himself at a complete existential loss on the stage, with but a single sentence to call his own. Drilled by prompters who use terrifyingly funny logical and alogical language-sequences, Kaspar learns to speak "normally" and eventually becomes creative--"doing his own thing" with words; for this he is destroyed.

In Offending the Audience and Self-Accusation, one-character "speak-ins," Handke further explores the relationship between public performance and personal identity, forcing us to reconsider our sense of who we are and what we know.


 

About Peter Handke

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Peter Handke was born in Griffen, Austria in 1942. His many works include The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (FSG, 1972), A Sorrow Beyond Dreams (FSG, 1975), Slow Homecoming (FSG, 1985), Absence (FSG, 1990), The Jukebox and Other Essays on Storytelling (FSG, 1994), and most recently, My Year in the No-Man's-Bay (FSG, 1998).
 
Published January 1, 1970 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 152 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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