Peter Handke was born in Griffen, Austria, in 1942. His many works of fiction include Absence; Across; The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick; and Short Letter, Long Farewell. Mike Mitchell has worked as a literary translator since 1995.
"The David Byrne of fiction: a writer with a resonant, powerfully direct voice who could invoke the particular Sartrean nausea of post-modern existence in the simplest events." - New York Times "In power and vision and range, Peter Handke is the most important new writer on the international scene since Beckett." - Stanley Kaufmann "There is no denying Handke's willful intensity and knife-like clarity of emotion. He writes from an area beyond psychology, where feelings acquire the adamancy of randomly encountered, geologically analyzed pebbles. The best writer, altogether, in his language." - John Updike, New Yorker"