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Kaspar and Other Plays

Peter Handke

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ISBN 10: 0374508240 / ISBN 13: 9780374508241
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1970
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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VG sc. Unmarked. The Three plays: Offending the Audience; Self-Accusation; Kaspar. Bookseller Inventory # 8781

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Title: Kaspar and Other Plays

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux

Publication Date: 1970

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

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Kaspar, Peter Handke's first full-length drama--hailed in Europe as "the play of the decade" and compared in importance to Waiting for Godot--is the story of an autistic adolescent who finds himself at a complete existential loss on the stage, with but a single sentence to call his own. Drilled by prompters who use terrifyingly funny logical and alogical language-sequences, Kaspar learns to speak "normally" and eventually becomes creative--"doing his own thing" with words; for this he is destroyed.

In Offending the Audience and Self-Accusation, one-character "speak-ins," Handke further explores the relationship between public performance and personal identity, forcing us to reconsider our sense of who we are and what we know.

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Peter Handke was born in Griffen, Austria in 1942. His many works of fiction include Absence, Across, The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, and Short Letter, Long Farewell.

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