The Goalkeeper’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

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The self-destruction of a soccer goalie turned construction worker who wanders aimlessly around a stifling Austrian border town after pursuing and then murdering, almost unthinkingly, a female movie cashier is mirrored by Handke’s use of direct, sometimes fractured prose that conveys the dislocation and déjà vu of modern twentieth-century life.

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WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE

‘Portrays the breakdown of a murderer in ways that recall Camus’ The StrangerThe New York Times

Joseph Bloch, a once-famous goalkeeper turned construction worker, commits a random murder without thought or regret. As he wanders the streets, from hotel to bar, cinema to tram stop, experiencing strange and violent encounters on the way, he finds himself, and everything around him, disintegrating. Told in spare and icy prose, Peter Handke’s masterpiece of alienation takes apart our ideas of humanity and reality itself.

‘A Kafkaesque crime novel’ Los Angeles Times

Translated by Michael Roloff

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Weight 0.078 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 0.5 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

96

Language

English

Edition

Reprint

Dewey

833.914 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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