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Peter Handke

Zdeněk Adamec - A Scene

World Premiere: At the end of July at the Salzburg Festival
(German title: Zdeněk Adamec)
ca. 53 pages
Paperback
2020
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:
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»An extensive scene«, a public place, »definitely not a free space«; possibly in the Spanish province of Avila or in Humpolec in Bohemia, now or at another time. A narrator who is one of »us« describes the place and time of the play to come. The actors are those left over from an originally densely populated scene: locals, newcomers, residents, foreigners, the young, the old, perhaps the last guests of a party. The drama – which they present over the course of an evening, and then a night – has already taken place: In March 2003, 18-year-old Zdeněk Adamec publically burned himself on Wenceslas Square in Prague in protest against the state of the world.

A true story? »You could hunt me down with true stories. I was a prisoner of actualities long enough,« someone says. Another has conducted research and is delivering facts. How should one recount Adamec's life and death (»Research, you? Now that’s something new! «) in the face of an overly informed (or misinformed) world which has nevertheless forgotten Zdeněk Adamec? How live at all when any look into the world generates indignation, shame, or the desire to drop out? Handke's characters are professionals at dodging and covering things up, their most recent conversation is an easy, fast-paced series of interruptions, corrections, and corruptions, a game of questions. They describe the margins of this world theatre, dreams, anecdotes: Just as Adamec gave his father, the stonemason, a hand, but never returned the tools to their place, it’s as if a new, world-changing order could be created. »Loner« they called Adamec, or even »godforsaken«. The actors’ concern for Zdeněk Adamec is moving. As is how they bring all these young people back to life with the narrative means at their disposal. Like coaches of a young team at the edge of the field they accompany Zdeněk on his way with a »Scream, Zdeněk! « and an »Eyes open, Zdeněk!« One would almost like to believe that this play on earth is not yet lost.

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Der Chinese des Schmerzes/Across (1983)

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

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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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Die Hornissen/The Hornets (1966)

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