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Repetition (Collier Fiction) [Paperback]

Peter Handke , Ralph Manheim
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May 1989 Collier Fiction
At the end of 1960, Filip Kobal decides to go in search of an older missing brother whom he has never known. What he discovers when he crosses the border from Austria into Slovenia is not so much a person as a whole history and culture. Previous novels by Handke include "Hornets" and "Across".
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Collier Books (May 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 002020762X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0020207627
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,496,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and magical 23 Sep 2003
This is my favourite novel by a favourite writer. Handke, one of the most fascinating writers to have emerged in the post-war period, is shamefully under-valued in the UK. His plays are ground-breaking and wonderfully theatrical (again shamefully neglected) and I find his fiction, if anything, even better. "Repetition" is haunting and bears regular re-reading, each time yielding more of its subtleties and wonders. The story is simple but the imagery and emotional impact of the, at times difficult, writing is staggering. Typical of Handke’s style is the amazing attention to seemingly incidental detail, as though life is made up of tiny disparate experiences and happenings. I love the discussion on congruence, an idea he uses elsewhere, most strikingly in the play “The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other”, where, through incredibly brief interactions and near-misses, the “characters” lives ricochet off each other, without them recognising the inter-connectedness of it all. There are so many wonderful episodes in “Repetition” – the description of methods of tree-grafting (sounds boring but is beautiful), the “one-word fairy tales” from the Slovenian dictionary, the wedding scene with the fallen mulberries. If you haven’t read Handke before, I would recommend this as the most accessible and flawless of his works. This book is a strange kind of magic and, if you find it as gripping and moving as I do, you’ll read it again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars complex study of human journey 15 Jun 2000
By Karl Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
A rich and dense book that examines the very core of what it means to be human. Handke's intricately constructed narrative works on several levels giving the reader much to digest. It's threefold structure is at first difficult to interpret, but on repeated readings one begins to understand the significance of smaller fragmented incidents scattered throughout the text. If possible one should read the original and use the dictionary as a companion, just as the protagonist Filip Kobal does. One of the best books by one of our best contemporary authors. Highly recommended.
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