Peter Handke

Born Dec 6, 1942

Peter Handke is a novelist, playwright, translator, poet, film director, and screenwriter from Austria. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2019 "for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience." Though some praised Handke as a meritorious laureate, the decision to award him a Nobel Prize was denounced internationally by a variety of public and academic intellectuals, writers, and journalists, who cited his support of the late Slobodan Milošević and Bosnian genocide denial.
In the late 1960s, he was recognized for the plays Publikumsbeschimpfung and Kaspar, as well as the novel Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter. Prompted by his mother's suicide in 1971, he reflected her life in the novel Wunschloses Unglück. Handke was a member of the Grazer Gruppe and the Grazer Autorenversammlung, and co-founded the Verlag der Autoren publishing house in Frankfurt. He collaborated with director Wim Wenders, leading to screenplays such as The Wrong Move and Der Himmel über Berlin.
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