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Peter Handke

The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez - A Summer Dialogue

(German title: Die schönen Tage von Aranjuez)
ca. 70 pages
Clothbound
2012
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

Characters: a nameless woman, a nameless man: a simple couple. They meet in order to talk about love, first loves, and what a man and a woman feel when they are with each other. They talk about how you talk about love. For whoever talks about love, inevitably talks about nature, about history – about that which gives life meaning.

»And again summer. And again a beautiful summer day. And again a woman and a man at a table outdoors, in the fresh air. A garden. A terrace. Invisible, but audible trees, more suggestion than presence in a soft summer wind that, from time to time, gives a rhythm to the scenery. The table is a garden table, somewhat large, and the man and woman are sitting at a distance to each other. They are both wearing non-descript summer clothes, the woman’s rather brighter, the man’s rather darker, classic, the one as the other.«

Praise

»Once again a Handke-drug has fallen from out of the clouds, and, curiously, from out of a cloudless sky, right down upon us readers, and this time that drug is called The Beautiful Days of AranjuezFrankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung

»Handke’s latest piece is a perfectly structured, sleepy, and ironic sigh beneath the apple trees.« Deutschlandradio Kultur

»Fable-like […] A hallucination in words. Quite delicate, quite heavy.« Wiener Zeitung

»Handke is the last of the great poets.” Neue Westfälische

»Germany can be happy to have such a great (theatre) author like Peter Handke. The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez is a wonderful read that goes straight to your heart and makes it lighter.« literaturmarkt.info

»And tender and feather-light this two-person piece remains until the final line, despite the difficult theme that the two protagonists have taken upon themselves.« Eßlinger Zeitung

»In this tender little book from the 69-year-old novelist and dramatist the couple has been taken from real life […]« Weser-Kurier

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 Pilznarren/Versuch über den Pilznarren (2013)

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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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Immer noch Sturm/Storm Still (2010)

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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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Die Kuckucke von Velika Hoca/Die Kuckucke von Velika Hoca (2009)

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Die Morawische Nacht/The Moravian Night (2008)

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Kali/Potash (2007)

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Die Tablas von Daimiel/The Tablas de Daimiel (2006)

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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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Die Fahrt im Einbaum oder Das Stück zum Film vom Krieg/Voyage by Dugout or The Play of the Film of the War (1999)

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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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