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Peter Handke

Nobel laureate in Literature & Austrian writer, playwright and film director

1942   -  

movement: Group 47, Wiener Gruppe
genre: novel, short story, poetry, theater, essay, screenplay, diary
country of citizenship: Austria
native language: German
language of expression: German, French
educated at: University of Graz
occupation: writer, film director, screenwriter, translator
award received: Georg Büchner Prize, Nobel Prize in Literature
influenced by: Georges Bernanos, Samuel Beckett, William Faulkner, Franz Kafka, Karl Kraus

Peter Handke (German pronunciation: [ˈhantkə]; born 6 December 1942) is an Austrian Nobel laureate novelist, playwright, translator, poet, film director and screenwriter. In 2019, Handke was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience."In the late 1960s, he was recognized for works such as the play Publikumsbeschimpfung (Offending the Audience) and the novel Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter (The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick). Prompted by his mother's suicide in 1971, he reflected her life in the novel Wunschloses Unglück (A Sorrow Beyond Dreams). Handke was a member of the Grazer Gruppe (an association of authors) and the Grazer Autorenversammlung, and co-founded the Verlag der Autoren publishing house in Frankfurt. He collaborated with director Wim Wenders, leading to screenplays such as Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire). Handke has received many other awards, including the 1973 Georg Büchner Prize, the 1987 Vilenica International Literary Prize, and the 2018 Austrian Nestroy Theatre Prize for Lifetime Achievement.
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The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

1970 Novel by Peter Handke

author: Peter Handke


Offending the Audience

divadelní hra Petera Handkeho

author: Peter Handke

They are Dying Out

literary work

author: Peter Handke


A Sorrow Beyond Dreams

1972 semi-autobiographical novella by Peter Handke

author: Peter Handke


The Left-Handed Woman

Novel by Peter Handke

author: Peter Handke



book by Peter Handke

author: Peter Handke


Die linkshändige Frau

Peter Handke

author: Peter Handke



play written by Austrian playwright Peter Handke (1967)

author: Peter Handke


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