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Blog entries on '14 August 2007'

Tuesday 14 August 2007

The Mole

The Mole -- Official Blog of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society: tunnelling, mining and undermining since 2007.

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Tuesday 14 August 2007

Handke in a nutshell

Mr Stephen Mitchelmore, over on This Space, gives us a perfect thumbnail sketch of Peter Handke:

That's Peter Handke folks, author of Repetition about a 20-year-old Austrian man's journey from his home village to cross the border into a foreign land and "search" for his dead brother using his dictionary of Slovenian terms. And the author of On a Dark Night I Left My Silent House, about a pharmacist who abandons his apoteke to travel across Europe. And author of My Year in the No-Man's Bay in which a writer imagines the adventures of his friends in foreign lands. And the author of Crossing the Sierra de Gredos about a German woman who travels to somewhere probably not-German. All internal worlds avoiding the entirely foreign, apparently.

In his piece, Steve correctly suggests that the title of Handke's book of poems, The Innerworld of the Outerworld of the Innerworld, fairly much sums up his "deep awareness of the paradox of reading and writing" and its relationship to the Real.

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Tuesday 14 August 2007


There is a new CONTEXT up online which includes:

  • Reading Aidan Higgins, Robert Pinget, and Witold Gombrowicz.
  • Letters from Macedonia and Poland.
  • Interviews with Dumitru Tsepeneag, Louis Paul Boon, and Arkadii Dragomoshchenko.
  • Commentaries by Roger Boylan, John Taylor, Michael Pinker, Lindsay Waters, Ros Schwartz, and Jim Knipfel.
  • Contributors include Céline Bourhis, Joos Florquin, Shushan Avagyan, Evgeny Pavlov, Goce Smilevski, and Przemyslaw Czaplinski.
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    Squire nagged and bullied till I went to fight,
    (Under Lord Derby’s Scheme). I died in hell—
    (They called it Passchendaele). My wound was slight,
    And I was hobbling back; and then a shell
    Burst slick upon the duck-boards: so I fell
    Into the bottomless mud, and lost the light.

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    He gives my gilded name a thoughtful stare:
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    ‘In proud and glorious memory’... that’s my due.
    Two bleeding years I fought in France, for Squire:
    I suffered anguish that he’s never guessed.
    Once I came home on leave: and then went west...
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