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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Weight of the World by Peter Handke. A combination of professional notebook and personal diary that records -- both in short, informal jottings and through more formal, extended meditations -- the details of Handke's daily life in Paris from November through March Along with references to such mentors as Truffaut, John Cowper Powys, Robert DeNiro and Goethe, the journal recounts Handke's passing im A combination of professional notebook and personal diary that records -- both in short, informal jottings and through more formal, extended meditations -- the details of Handke's daily life in Paris from November through March Along with references to such mentors as Truffaut, John Cowper Powys, Robert DeNiro and Goethe, the journal recounts Handke's passing impressions of strangers; the deep and delicate nature of his relationship with his daughter; and a brief hospital stay which stirs his ever-present fear of death.
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Jul 18, Lee Klein rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. Makes me see the world more clearly, amps perception, especially when depression closes eyes.
It's a journal of perceptions a slumping man sits up as a lovely lady walks by, then slumps again once she's gone, etc and aphorisms and brief interactions organized in diary format over a year and a half as the writer goes to Paris, has a nervous breakdown, and sort of recovers.
He has a daughter named A. There's actually more narrative here than you'd expect, though I've only read it once straight through. Usually I just keep it at my bedside, bounce around before sleep. If you've seen Wim Wenders' "Wings of Desire," you might recognize some of the lines in here as being really similar to what those two angels say to each other in the beginning -- that's 'cause Handke co-wrote the screenplay.
View 2 comments. Da lassu', per tutto il giorno, era dato osservare l'ambaradan sottostante, il sempiterno stato di stolida agitazione che invade ogni angolo di una caserma: strilli, ordini, marce, trombe, imboscamenti, fughe; sempre soli -nessuno osava transitare in quel fetore ributtante- io e Handke.
Obiettivo sottolineato anche a livello tipografico, dove sono assenti i punti al termine dei vari frammenti. Si potrebbe parlare di un elenco di "sguardi dall'esterno", in cui lo scrittore osserva il mondo, gli altri, se stesso da una certa distanza distaccato, disilluso e a volte disperato e rancoroso - una scrittura che racconta del male di vivere in modo meno asciutto e tagliente di un Bernhard, alla quale va in ogni caso riconosciuto il coraggio di sperimentare ed osare nel tentativo forse impossibile di comunicare l'insensatezza indicibile del nostro esistere.
I had a quite specific idea what this book would be like before I started reading it, but soon discovered that it was not like that pre-conceived notion at all.
From works of Peter Handke I had read previously most notably Mein Jahr in der Niemandsbucht I was expecting paragraphs, even pages of long, dense descriptions. Instead, it offers lots and lots of short notes, most of them just one or two sentences long and quite often even shorter than that, of random stuff the author noticed and wrote down. Or, precisely, both. There is the occasional trite remark here, and sometimes the writer is just being cranky, but for the most part there is a wealth of very perceptive observations here, from natural phenomena to human behaviour and everything in between, and for all the brevity of the majority of the entrances there are some longer ones later on they are all beautifully written something one would of course expect from Handke , somehow managing to combine the freshness of immediate reactions with a carefully crafted prose without seeming in the least bit contrived.
Das Gewicht der Welt is not a book to read in go, but has to be taken in small doses. It requires a certain rhythm for full appreciation, one that involves frequent pauses to let what you just read settle down and maybe ponder it for a while. And sometimes — this happened to me more than once -, when you do look up from the book, blinking at your surroundings, when they do slide into focus it may seem like the world is approaching your differently, or maybe you have become differently accessible to it after reading a sentence from Das Gewicht der Welt.
It is that kind of book that opens itself to its outside, and there is a reason that none of the entries ends with a period but that they are all left open, open to continue somewhere else than themselves.
And it is even less of a coincidence that the book ends with precisely that gesture — the writer lifting his face. Lisez-le, je vous en prie. E cosa mi pare davvero importante?
Ad esempio quelle donne che ridono a mezza bocca, mentre gli uomini raccontano barzellette This is a diary made up of mostly small entries, a phrase or a few sentences; very few are close to a page. The content is very similar to the style of Handke's fiction; random observations of people and things, especially the landscape, and descriptions of his thoughts or rather of his thinking or not thinking without actual content. As in his novels, there is never any context of planning or purpose; he doesn't plan to go somewhere for some reason but suddenly he is describing the streets or t This is a diary made up of mostly small entries, a phrase or a few sentences; very few are close to a page.
As in his novels, there is never any context of planning or purpose; he doesn't plan to go somewhere for some reason but suddenly he is describing the streets or the landscape in another country, or looking out of a hospital room window. At first I thought this was just a stylistic device, but as I went along I began to suspect that this is how he perceives the world; he constantly talks about his anxiety, his thoughts about death or even suicide; he sometimes talks about depression, and the entries seem like a description of someone suffering from depression, complaining that he can't feel or empathize with people, objectifying them, being afraid of them or disgusted by them.
At other times he is manic, talking in an exaggerated way about how healthy and powerful and in control of himself he feels. There is no indication that he is seeking or undergoing any type of treatment or therapy.
The scariest thing is that he is apparently responsible for a young girl he refers to as A. Nearly everyone he mentions is referred to by a letter, or just a pronoun without any apparent reference. I was hoping to find out something from this diary about his works, but they are barely mentioned; I did begin to suspect that they are expressions of his distorted sense of reality rather than simply being an artistic style.
Despite realizing what this actually was, the diary of a sick person, I couldn't help but consider it boring and repetitious.
Mar 11, TQ-tip Shandy rated it it was amazing. Sort of a real-life notebook of observations but feels like a novel and the overall effect is to lift the reader into a realm of friendship and cohabitation with the spirit of Peter Handke. The world through his eyes becomes a world of quiet simplicity. The little dramas of life poised and balanced; reads like a smooth dance.
Jan 02, Blakely rated it really liked it. I'm a sucker for aphoristic autobiography. Mar 16, M. Sarki rated it it was ok. I like Peter Handke fine enough but this book bogged down for me. I had my notepad in hand to scribble down little kernels I found tantalizing, but actually discovered few worth the ink left resting in my pen.
But it is a nice-looking book, the hardcover edition, the layout is inviting, just not so much to do while swimming the backstroke in it. Took me a summer of mornings to finish it and longer to sell it back. Oct 01, Will rated it liked it Shelves: central-europe. Dec 09, Cem Kocasoy added it. Shame on Nobel Committee.. View 1 comment. Der guten Person oder dem schlechten Buch?
Wie auch immer Drittel Die ersten ca. Das gelingt ihm nicht. Er ist sich folglich absolut bewusst, dass er kein 'naturgeborener Versteher' ist, will sich aber dazu machen. Handke ist hier in erster Linie ein kitschiger Onanist. Drittel Das vergeigte Potential der ersten 90 Seiten wird sodann mit den folgenden 90 auf beinahe magische Weise rehabilitiert.
Es ist keinesfalls so, dass sich Handke vom offensichtlichen Motto der geschmacksfreien Egozentrierung verabschieden will. Er scheint mittlerweile jedoch gereift zu sein. Dabei mag ich den aphoristischen Ansatz durchaus. Das macht im Grunde ganz gewiss jeder Prosaiker so: er kollektiviert, verfeinert, wird sich dabei fremd. Die Antwort: Mich interessiert, was der Autor beim Essen des Butterbrots zu umschreiben imstande ist.
Handke will beides. Das funktioniert nicht.
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