In this haunting suite of three fictions, Nobel Prize winner Peter Handke cements his reputation as one of the most talented writers of the Twentieth Century
In "The Long Way Around", a European scientist in Alaska finds himself in isolated "places and spaces" that are disturbed when he relocates to California, a disruption that ultimately drives him back home.
"The Lesson of Mont Sainte-Victoire" follows an autobiographical narrator to Provence, to the mountain that fascinated Cezanne, on a quest to restore his sense of self and revitalize his craft.
Finally, "Child Story" reveals a crack in one man's feelings of isolation through a father's reflections on his developing love for his daughter in the first ten years of her life.
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About the Author
Ralph Manheim (b. New York, 1907) was an American translator of German and French literature. His translating career began with a translation of Mein Kempf in which Manheim set out to reproduce Hitler's idiosyncratic, often grammatically aberrant style. In collaboration with John Willett, Manheim translated the works of Bertolt Brecht. The Pen/Ralph Manheim Medal for translation, inaugurated in his name, is a major lifetime achievement award in the field of translation. He himself won its predecessor, the PEN translation prize, in 1964. Manheim died in Cambridge in 1992. He was 85.
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Slow Homecoming is a collection of three novella length pieces (written and published as separate works from 1979-1981) that explore the meaning of home in strikingly different ways. The first, "The Long Way Around," introduces a geologist named Sorger who is living and working in the far north. Sorger's obsession is with place, and as he follows a meandering route in the general direction of his European homeland, via several American towns and cities, we understand that this restless adventurer both craves and fears his place of origin and only feels "at home" when in motion. In "The Lesson of Mont Sainte-Victoire," the author of Sorger's story narrates an account of his struggle to rediscover his art by studying the life and aesthetic philosophy of the artist Paul Cezanne, and draws solace and a kind of wisdom from the mountain in Provence so often revisited in Cezanne's works. And in "Child Story," a young father raising his daughter alone seeks a place where they can be at home with each other as they negotiate the hazardous byways of early childhood. The writing throughout this book is lush, closely observed, and filled with intricate detail. "Child Story" could best be described as an extended prose poem. In 1985, Slow Homecoming confirmed Peter Handke's reputation as one of the most deeply probing and original writers of his generation.