Leland de la Durantaye: Peter Handke
21 May 2014
Show More Versuch über den Pilznarren: Eine Geschichte für sich by Peter Handke.
Suhrkamp, 217 pp., £14.70, September 2013, 978 3 518 42383 7Show More
Peter Handke im Gespräch, mit Hubert Patterer und Stefan Winkler Kleine Zeitung, 120 pp., £15.36, November 2012, 978 3 902819 14 7Show More
“... Peter Handke began his career insulting his audience, and it long seemed that he would end it with his audience insulting him. In Insulting the Audience (1966), the play that brought him fame at the age of 23, he called the audience ‘dirty Jews’, ‘Nazi pigs’ and many things besides. Thirty years later, after he took up the cause of Serbian independence, condemned Nato intervention in the former Yugoslavia, compared the Serbs to Jews under the Third Reich, doubted the authenticity of reports of massacres in Srebrenica and elsewhere, received various honours from the Serbian government, and gave a eulogy before a crowd of 20,000 at Slobodan Milosevic’s funeral, the vector of insult was mightily reversed ...”