Slow Homecoming

Slow Homecoming


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ISBN-13: 9781590173077
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 03/31/2009
Series: NYRB Classics Series
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 951,527
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Peter Handke was born in Griffen, Austria, in 1942. He came to early prominence in the 1960s for such experimental plays as Kaspar and rapidly established himself asone of the most respected German-language writers of his generation, producing fiction, translations, memoirs, screenplays, and essays. Among his best-known novels are The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, Repetition, and My Year in the No-Man’s Bay. He has directed adaptions of his novels The Left-Handed Woman and Absence and collaborated with filmmaker Wim Wenders on four films, including Wings of Desire. In addition to Slow Homecoming, NYRB Classics has also published Handke’s novel Short Letter, Long Farewell and his memoir A Sorrow Beyond Dreams.

Benjamin Kunkel is the author of the novel Indecision and a founding editor of n+1 magazine.

Ralph Manheim (1907–1992) translated Günter Grass, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Hermann Hesse, and Martin Heidegger, along with many other German and French authors.

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icolford on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Slow Homecoming is a collection of three novella length pieces (written and published as separate works from 1979-1981) that explore the meaning of home in strikingly different ways. The first, "The Long Way Around," introduces a geologist named Sorger who is living and working in the far north. Sorger's obsession is with place, and as he follows a meandering route in the general direction of his European homeland, via several American towns and cities, we understand that this restless adventurer both craves and fears his place of origin and only feels "at home" when in motion. In "The Lesson of Mont Sainte-Victoire," the author of Sorger's story narrates an account of his struggle to rediscover his art by studying the life and aesthetic philosophy of the artist Paul Cezanne, and draws solace and a kind of wisdom from the mountain in Provence so often revisited in Cezanne's works. And in "Child Story," a young father raising his daughter alone seeks a place where they can be at home with each other as they negotiate the hazardous byways of early childhood. The writing throughout this book is lush, closely observed, and filled with intricate detail. "Child Story" could best be described as an extended prose poem. In 1985, Slow Homecoming confirmed Peter Handke's reputation as one of the most deeply probing and original writers of his generation.