By Peter Handke
All translated via Ralph Manheim
Amazon Description of A second of real Feeling:
At the start of Peter Handke's novel, Gregor Keuschnig awakens from a nightmare during which he has dedicated homicide, and publicizes, "From this day on, I might be major a double life." The duplicity, despite the fact that, lies merely in Keuschnig's brain; his lifestyle because the press atache for the Austrian Embassy in Paris maintains a lot as sooner than: regimen forms, walks within the urban, futile intimacies together with his kinfolk and his mistress. yet Keuschnig is oblivious to all of it, in basic terms simulating his past id whereas he searches for the next value, a magical second of actual sensation that can unfastened him from what the radical calls life's "dreadful normalcy." confident that, if he fails, life's which means could be printed to him merely while it really is too overdue, he seems for portents everywhere.
Keuschnig's seek takes him via all of Paris. At each step, his emotions are interwoven with acute remark of its streets, structures, cafes, parks, sky. it really is an intimate and evocative trip, in a urban that's instantaneously supportive and everyday, unusual and provocative.
Amazon overview for Handke's The Left-Handed Woman
One night, while Marianne and her husband, Bruno, are eating out jointly to have a good time his go back from a work trip, Marianne listens to him converse and realizes by surprise but eventually that Bruno will depart her. even if at that second, or in future years, she's going to be abandoned. And instinctively Marianne understands she needs to fend for herself and her younger son now, earlier than that point comes. She sends Bruno away and settles all the way down to a existence on my own, at the beginning experiencing moments of panic, restlessly wandering in rooms grown stifling. The stillness of the home wears her down, and he or she begins taking lengthy walks, or traveling together with her shut pal, Franziska. progressively, what all started as a egocentric break out from the customers of the longer term turns into actually liberation. the surroundings she'd continuously hated--a no man's land of exact homes, with all curtains drawn--recedes; her relationships with these expensive to her develop into much less threatening, much less important; and Marianne reveals a brand new development for her lifestyles and the energy to head on on my own.