Peter Handke Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Peter Handke Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

“Every story distracts me from my real story. Through its fiction it makes me forget myself and my situation. It makes me forget the world.” With this statement from his artistic credo, Ich bin ein Bewohner des Elfenbeinturms (I am an inhabitant of the ivory tower), Peter Handke demonstrated not only the intent of his writing but also his relationship to the art of fiction. For the author Handke and for his reader, the familiar fictional methods of describing the world are no longer valid, as their familiarity is evidence that they are not descriptions of the world itself but rather copies of other descriptions. Such copies cannot render any new insights; it is the primary function of genuine literature to break open...

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