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The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick: A Novel (FSG Classics)
by Peter Handke

Published: 2007-12-10
Paperback : 144 pages
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The first of Nobel Prize winner Peter Handke's novels to be published in English, The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick is a true modern classic that "portrays the…breakdown of a murderer in ways that recall Camus's The Stranger" (The New York Times).

The self-destruction of a soccer ...

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The first of Nobel Prize winner Peter Handke's novels to be published in English, The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick is a true modern classic that "portrays the…breakdown of a murderer in ways that recall Camus's The Stranger" (The New York Times).

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 "at its best a seamless blend of lyricism and horror seen in the runes of a disintegrating world" (Boston Sunday Globe).

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Are Bloch's ruminations on how best to defend a penalty kick his one brief moment of lucidness, or is it paranoia?
Are these thoughts analogous to strategies on avoiding capture, on dealing with life's curve balls?
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  "The Incomprehensibility of Madness"by [email protected] (see profile) 12/31/19

If sanity is sensible, madness is incomprehensible. Peter Handke's disturbing short novel delves deep into the indecipherable thoughts of a sheer lunatic.

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