An odyssey through the mind and memory of a washed-up writer, from one of Europe's most provocative novelists.
Peter Handke was born in Griffen, Austria, in 1942. His many works include The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, A Sorrow Beyond Dreams, My Year in No-Man's-Bay, On a Dark Night I Left My Silent House, Crossing the Sierra de Gredos, and Don Juan, all published by FSG. Handke's plays include Kaspar and The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, and he wrote the screenplay for Wim Wenders's Wings of Desire. In 2014, Handke was awarded the International Ibsen Prize. Krishna Winston is the Marcus L. Taft Professor of German Language and Literature at Wesleyan University. She has translated more than thirty books, including five previous works by Peter Handke and works by Werner Herzog, Gunter Grass, Christoph Hein, and Goethe.
"Peter Handke commands one of the great German-language prose styles of the postwar period, a riverine rhetoric deep and swift and contrary of current." --Joshua Cohen, The New York Times Book Review "A searching exploration of how travel and storytelling can help us find our truest selves." --Poornima Apte, Booklist "The renowned Austrian novelist looks back on a body of work and a terrible century in this elegiac tale . . . Some of Handke's text is a kind of meditation on history . . . And some is simply lovely . . . Stellar." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)