On 1/2/05 6:54 AM, "Edmund Hardy" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> No but I'll search for it. I've only read Repetition (while trying to get
> out of a cycle of reading only novels by Thomas Bernard) but have seen
> several of his stage-works which I liked variously, particularly Kaspar,
> which really put the frighteners on me.
I've never seen Kaspar, sadly. Handke's not done that often here. But yes,
it's a fantastic play.
> That intense effort of will - the going into it, and going into it - could
> perhaps be exhausting.
I'm sure it is. Sorrow Beyond Dreams is a short book, more a long short
story. It's been a long time since I read it, so these comments spring from
distant memory: but as I remember, being Handke, it's written with a degree
of alienation which became incredibly affecting (for me, anyway). What is
not directly expressed becomes very painful, but it never seems either
indulgent or transgressive. I think that's a function of the scrupulous
coldness of the writing itself in balance with an almost terrifying degree
of emotional honesty.
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