«Per lo più senza desideri e un poco infelici». Ritratto della madre perduta in Wunschloses Unglück di Peter Handke

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Abstract

In this work Wunschloses Unglück is read as if it were an impressionistic biography in images. The talewas born out of an attempt to give Handke’s fifty-year-old mother, who died of suicide, back a story andan identity. A way to give content and contours to the woman and to neutralize the depersonalizing effectof the news of the event in the pages of the local newspaper. The story of the mother is actually, from thevery beginning, a reflection of the writer on his own work, on the difficulty of writing ‘true’ stories, on thetormented search for a precarious balance between description and documentation, between narrationand image, between truth and fiction. Handke would seem to be guided by the consciousness that theframe of a story, like a photograph, as the measure and form of things, is the element capable of makingthem visible, giving them a sense, and ultimately a sort of earthly salvation.
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)133-146
Number of pages14
JournalARABESCHI
Volume16
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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