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Peter Handke

Storm Still

(German title: Immer noch Sturm)
ca. 166 pages
Clothbound
2010
Peter Handke
Foto: Peter Handke
© Donata Wenders

Peter Handke, born in 1942 in Griffen (Austria), lives near Paris. His books are translated into more than 35 languages. In 2019, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

»German literature is not conceivable without Peter Handke.« DIE ZEIT

For more information on the author and his works:
www.handkeonline.onb.ac.at
 

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About

A panorama that reaches beyond all literary genres while simultaneously transforming them, here prose and drama, the theatrical and the poetical, the historical and the personal are fused.

Jaunfeld, in the south of Austria, in Carinthia: a number of family members have gathered around an »I« (or is that »I« standing to the side?): grandparents and their children, among them even the I’s own mother. Accompanying him into his dreams they appear in a sequence of scenes in which the most diverse performance- and speech-forms alternate – a panorama that reaches beyond all literary genres while simultaneously transforming them. Has Peter Handke constructed a paradigmatic familial tragedy in scenes? (after all, two of the brothers die in the nineteen-forties). Is he, through the individual episodes, recounting the epic of a people, the Slovenes? (they were responsible for the only armed resistance toward the National Socialist regime within its original borders). Has he sketched a dramatic history of eternal losers? (who believed history to be on their side yet still did not manage to achieve anything)? Or is he, through the dramatic narrative, turning back to his own biography, what formed it, and what happened?

In Peter Handke’s new book prose and drama, the theatrical and the poetical, the historical and the personal are fused and in the end it is debatable whether the mother’s surviving brother really has the last word: »There is still a storm blowing. A permanent storm. Still storm. Yes, we have done wrong – the wrong of being born here, especially here.«

Praise

»Peter Handke’s Storm Still is wonderful and a great dramatic poem about his Slovenian ancestors. The fortunes of the world, of speech, and of a people.« Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

»Storm Still thematically lies at the conclusion of a line that began with his early masterstroke A Sorrow Beyond Dreams (1972) and ran through his to date best novel Repetition (1986).« Neue Zürcher Zeitung

»Handke’s concern with the ex-Yugoslavia, the land of youthful dreams and longing, has its origins here. Storm Still reveals further facets of this longing.« Deutschlandradio Kultur

»[…] pathos and a sacred tone, bravery and petty familial strife, banter and familial tragedies, transfiguration and demystification: Handke establishes positions in order not to maintain them, but to challenge, subvert, and break them.« Frankfuter Allgemeine Zeitung

»Storm Still is a familial epic, perhaps Peter Handke’s most successful and, in any event, most personal piece – a work that moreover resonates with his earliest theatre and prose pieces.« Die Welt

»Not only is the interweaving of familial and world history in this 166 page book gripping, but its literary form is as well. In a sort of mixture of screenplay and novel Handke develops his scenes through dense, powerfully eloquent dialogues his »I« holds with its familial dream figures.« Gießener Allgemeine Zeitung

»Peter Handke has written a comprehensive magnum opus and once again outdoes himself.« Märkische Allgemeine

»[…] yet again Handke manages to bring poetry into events without covering up their deep pain. Storm Still is without a doubt his most personal work and it effortlessly conveys great emotions. The challenge it presents to its own scenic realization is equally certain. And already one of the most awaited pre-programmed performances of the Salzburger Festspiele 2011.« relevant.at

»Passionate and poetic.« ORF Radio, Kultur aktuell

Other publications

Das zweite Schwert/The Second Sword (2020)

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Die Obstdiebin oder Einfache Fahrt ins Landesinnere/The Fruit Thief - or - A simple Trip into the Interior (2017)

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Tage und Werke/Days and Works (2015)

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Versuch über den Stillen Ort/Versuch über den Stillen Ort (2012)

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Der Große Fall/The Great Fall (2011)

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Bis daß der Tag euch scheidet oder Eine Frage des Lichts/Till Day You Do Part Or A Question of Light (2009)

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Don Juan/Don Juan (2004)

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Der Bildverlust oder Durch die Sierra de Gredos/Crossing the Sierra de Gredos (2002)

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Wunschloses Unglück/A Sorrow Beyond Dreams (1998)

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In einer dunklen Nacht ging ich aus meinem stillen Haus/On a Dark Night I Left My Silent House (1997)

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Sommerlicher Nachtrag zu einer winterlichen Reise/Summer Postscript to a Winter Journey (1996)

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Mein Jahr in der Niemandsbucht/My Year In No Man's Bay (1994)

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Versuch über den geglückten Tag/Versuch über den geglückten Tag (1991)

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Versuch über die Jukebox/Versuch über die Jukebox (1990)

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Noch einmal für Thukydides/Once Again for Thucydides (1990)

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Versuch über die Müdigkeit/Versuch über die Müdigkeit (1989)

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Nachmittag eines Schriftstellers/The Afternoon of a Writer (1989)

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Die Abwesenheit/Absence (1987)

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Gedicht an die Dauer/Ode to Permanence (1986)

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Die Wiederholung/Repetition (1986)

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Der Chinese des Schmerzes/Across (1983)

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Über die Dörfer/Walk About the Village (1981)

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Kindergeschichte/Child Story (1981)

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Die Lehre der Sainte-Victoire/The Lesson of Mont Sainte-Victoire (1980)

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Langsame Heimkehr/The Long Way Around (1979)

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Das Gewicht der Welt/The Weight of the World (1977)

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Die linkshändige Frau/The Left-Handed Woman (1976)

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Die Stunde der wahren Empfindung/A Moment of True Feeling (1975)

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Der kurze Brief zum langen Abschied/Short Letter, Long Farewell (1972)

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Ich bin ein Bewohner des Elfenbeinturms/I Am an Inhabitant of the Ivory Tower (1972)

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Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter/The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1971)

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Der Ritt über den Bodensee/The Ride Across Lake Constance (1971)

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Die Innenwelt der Außenwelt der Innenwelt/The Innerworld of the Outerworld of the Innerworld (1969)

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Publikumsbeschimpfung und andere Sprechstücke/Offending the Audience and Other Spoken Pieces (1966)

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Die Hornissen/The Hornets (1966)

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