A sub-continuation of This Space. This space of resonance.
Peter Handke’s Repetition
The new edition of Peter Handke’s Repetition, published by The Last Books / Cannon Magazine No. 3, is an object to behold. This is the base of the rear cover; a line from the book translated by Ralph Manheim. Order it from the publisher’s website. The page also has PDFs of Sebald’s extraordinary essay on the novel and Gabriel Josipovici’s original review.
Why the darkness? Why this ever-unchanging darkness in my books? That’s easy to explain:
In my books everything is artificial, in other words, all the characters, events, occurrences, take place on a stage, as in a play, and the area around the stage is totally dark. Characters entering on to a stage, into a stageplay, in a playhouse, are in virtue of their sharper outlines more distinctly recognizable than when they appear in natural lighting as they do in the prose we are most accustomed to. In darkness everything becomes clear. Thomas Bernhard from Drei Tage, translated by Douglas Robertson.