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A Sorrow Beyond Dreams

Authors: Handke, Peter
Publisher: Steerforth Press
BISAC/Subject: BIO026000, SOC036000, LCO008030
ISBN: 9781782270300, Related ISBNs: 1782270302, 1901285170, 9781782270300, 9781901285178
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 80,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: "My mother has been dead for almost seven weeks: I had better go to work before the need to write about her, which I felt so strongly at her funeral, dies away and I fall back into the dull speechlessness with which I reacted to the nerves of her suicide."

So begins Peter Handke's extraordinary confrontation with his mother's death. In a painful and courageous attempt to deal with the almost intolerable horror of her suicide, he sets out to piece together the facts of her life, as he perceives them. What emerges is a loving portrait of inconsolable grief, a woman whose lively spirit has been crushed not once but over and over again by the miseries of her place and time. Yet well into middle age, living in the Austrian village of her birth, she still remains haunted by her dreams.
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