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- ISBN: 9780374533649 | 0374533644
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 10/30/2012
The Sunday edition of the Karntner Volkszeitungcarried the following item under Local News: "In the village of A. (G. township), a housewife, aged 51, committed suicide on Friday night by taking an overdose of sleeping pills." So opens A Sorrow Beyond Dreams, the eminent Austrian novelist and playwright's reckoning with his mother's life of grinding poverty -- which spanned the rise of the Nazis, World War II, and the postwar era -- and of her ultimate suicide. Both stark and lyrical, full of love, anger, admiration, and a keen sense of history, this slim book stands in contrast to Peter Handke's other cooler, more avant-garde work. Here he is direct and powerful, and the result is the most moving and accessible work in his career. It is "indispensable" ( The Boston Globe).