Peter Handke

Peter Handke was born in Griffen, Austria on 6 December 1942. He is an Austrian novelist, playwright and translator. He has been awarded the Georg Büchner Prize, the Franz Kafka Prize and the International Ibsen Award; the latter award was extremely controversial and Handke was met by protesters in Oslo and widely described by critics in Norwegian media as a fascist with ties to war criminals.His writings about the Yugoslav Wars and subsequent NATO bombing of Yugoslavia with criticism of the Western position and his speech at the funeral of Slobodan Milošević have caused controversy, and he has been widely described as an apologist for far-right Serbian nationalism. In 2006 his nomination for the Heinrich Heine Prize caused a scandal, and the prize was withdrawn due to his political views.He has also directed films, including from his own novels, The Left-Handed Woman and The Absence. He won the Nobel Prize 2019 for literature.


Peter Handke                       Photo: Rolf Haid


                                     
The Absence- DIE ABWESENHEIT
The Left-Handed Woman-DIE LINKSHANDIGE FRAU (1976)
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