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On a Dark Night I Left My Silent House

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by Peter Handke
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On a Dark Night I Left My Silent House by Peter Handke

A short, powerful new novel by one of the greatest writers in the German language

On a Dark Night I Left My Silent House is Peter Handke's evocative, moving, often fantastic, novel about one man's conflict with himself and his journey toward resolution. During one night shift, an unnamed, middle-aged pharmacist in Taxham, an isolated suburb of Salzburg, tells his story to a narrator. The pharmacist is known and well-respected, but lonely and estranged from his wife. He feels most comfortable wandering about in nature, collecting and eating hallucinogenic mushrooms. One day he receives a blow to the head that leaves him unable to speak, and the narrative is transformed from ironic description into a collection of sensual impressions, observations and reflections. The pharmacist, who is now called the driver, sets out on a quest, travelling into the Alps with two companions--a former Olympic skiing champion and a formerly famous poet--where he is beaten and later stalked by a woman. He drives through a tunnel and has a premonition of death, then finds himself in a surreal, foreign land. In a final series of bizarre, cathartic events, the driver regains his speech and is taken back to his pharmacy--back to his former life, but forever changed. A powerful, poetic exploration of language, longing and dislocation in the human experience, On a Dark Night I Left My Silent House reveals Handke at his magical best.

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Ebook Details
Pages: 160
Size: 349 KB
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9781466895393 (DRM-EPUB)

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Fiction > Literary

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Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs
Nonfiction > Drama > Continental European > German
Fiction > Literary
Fiction > Historical
Fiction > Psychological
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