Nobel Prize in Literature 2019 to Peter Handke!
We are honoured to add another wonderful author to the list of Nobel Prizes we represent in Italy:
Nobel Prizes in Literature
Peter Handke, 2019
Herta Müller, 2009
Elfriede Jelinek, 2004
Imre Kertész, 2002
Elias Canetti, 1981
Heinrich Böll, 1972
Nelly Sachs, 1966
Hermann Hesse, 1946
Thomas Mann, 1929
Other Nobel Prizes
Malala Yousafzai, Peace, 2014
Liu Xiaobo, Peace, 2010
Amartya Sen, Economics 1998
Konrad Lorenz, Medicine, 1973
Wolfgang Pauli, Physics, 1945
Born in Kärnten, southern Austria, Peter Handke is one of the most important and influential writers in Europe after the Second World War. Since his debut in 1966 Peter Handke has written more than 70 works, including prose, poetry, pieces for theatre, autobiographical studies, essays, and journals - all published by Suhrkamp in Germany. He also translated literary works from French and English.
Peter Handke once summarized his work this way: Who says that the world’s already been discovered?
For him, writing is a never-ending quest for what lies hidden behind everyday life, with the highest attention to details and to landscapes, to boundaries and suburbs - he has chosen exile as a productive life path, recapturing the unseen and making the reader part of it. Handke's way of writing demands independent, radically modern poetics: he can rightly be regarded as a traditional and at the same time revolutionary figure of world literature.
Peter Handke won several important international prizes (such as Georg Büchner Preis, Bremer Literaturpreis, Franz Kafka Preis, Nestroy Theaterpreis and the Ibsen Prize), culminating in the Nobel in Literature “for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience.”
In Italy, Handke's books have been published by different houses. These are the latest Italian editions: Saggio sul luogo tranquillo (Guanda 2014), Ancora tempesta (Quodlibet 2015), Saggio sul cercatore di funghi (Guanda 2015), I bei giorni di Aranjuez (Quodlibet 2016) and I giorni e le opere (Guanda 2018).
Guanda will also publish soon Handke's last novel, Die Obstdiebin.