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Gregor Keusching, ung österrikisk ambassadtjänsteman, drömmer en natt att han mördat en människa. Han drabbas av en kris: världen blir främmande, meningslös och människorna förvandlas till likgiltiga skuggor. Han fortsätter att leva som ingenting hade hänt men allt är oväsentligt för honom. Stark skildring av en människas känsla av totalt utanförskap....

Title : A Moment of True Feeling
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ISBN : 9780374172916
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 133 Pages
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A Moment of True Feeling Reviews

  • Steve
    2019-04-02 06:44

    Die Stunde der wahren Empfindung(1975) (translated into English under the title A Moment of True Feeling) is a relatively early entry in Handke's (b. 1942) oeuvre, but he already has much of his characteristic voice and strengths in this book. A minor functionary, Gregor (**), at the Austrian embassy in Paris dreams one night that he murders an old women, and this dream causes him to fall right out of the bottom of his life - suddenly every aspect of himself, his job, family and surroundings is alien, suspect, threatening. (The experience is not exactly unknown, even in the popular mind - "This is not my beautiful house! This is not my beautiful wife!"(*)) The reader spends the rest of the day in Gregor's mind as he tries to maintain a semblance of outward normality, while Handke, the phenomenologist of emotion, has him rapidly flitting through contradictory extremes inside. The hypersensitivity of a neurasthenic is perfectly matched with Handke's gifts, as he surely knew. Gregor manages a very busy day at work, with his mistress and at the presidential palace. Certain incidents occur which may or may not have been imagined. After much wandering through the streets of Paris (always a pleasure, even when one is losing one's mind), the protagonist reluctantly arrives home where his wife and dinner guests (an Austrian writer and his girlfriend) await. Let's just say that the evening did not go well. Let's also say that humor is not usually an important part of Handke's art, but I laughed aloud many times while reading this book...The next day does not go any better for Gregor (no spoilers), really. However, a series of extremely unlikely events on that day threw me out of the story completely. After climbing back in with feelings of both irritation and curiosity, the narration became increasingly strange, dark and threatening. It ends abruptly, without resolution or explanation. To say this as simply as possible, whatever Handke's intentions may have been, this novel has no straightforward interpretation, though many have been suggested.(**) If one wants to maintain the realistic, psychological point of view in terms of which the narration of the first day still makes sense, then the second day could have been nothing other than the imaginings/dreams/illusions of a man who had slipped completely into madness during the night. Possibly. But one can find many other interpretations. (Another: the note taking Austrian author at dinner - Handke himself - signals to his crumbling character in the third unlikely event that his purpose with him is accomplished.) I think none is definitive, for the open ending with no answers that Handke actuallywroteis clearly intentional, if anything can be! This book is meant to be irritatingly haunting, and very re-readable.I have no idea how Handke sounds in translation and have absolutely no desire to find out, for Handke is the finest German stylist alive, not in the flashy style currently in vogue among the fashionable literati in the USA, but rather in a deeply ruminative, highly sensitive, quietly poetic manner I very much appreciate. If I had to find one word to characterize Handke's language, I would choose "responsive" - his words can form themselves around any object, any emotion, any incident and provide light. What Handke wrote concerning his experience when reading Hermann Lenz' work better describes what I often feel when I read Handke's: "Da läse ich nicht mehr, sondern empfände einfach nur Glück." (I would no longer be reading, instead I would be feeling only happiness.)(*) Lyrics from one of my favorite Talking Heads' songs:**) When one recalls Gregor Samsa from Kafka'sDie Verwandlung , one finds many parallels between the two stories, which offers another possible interpretation of this book. But I frankly don't think thatDie Verwandlungcan be tied up into the neat little bows I have seen here and there, either.

  • Mientras Leo
    2019-03-21 11:54

    Un libro estupendo, para reflexionar y mucho sobre los cuenta. A caballo entre La nausea y La metamorfosis, me ha hecho buscar más obras del autorhttp://entremontonesdelibros.blogspot...

  • Maurizio Manco
    2019-04-13 09:40

    "Chi ha mai detto che il mondo è già stato scoperto?" (p. 43)

  • Ian
    2019-03-24 08:03

    Much like Kafka's Gregor Samsa in The Metamorphosis, Peter Handke's protagonist in A Moment of True Feeling, Gregor Keuschnig, awakens one morning to find himself transformed. The difference in Keuschnig's case is that the transformation is purely internal. He has dreamed that he is a murderer, and with the desperation of a genuinely guilty man goes about his domestic, professional, and extra-curricular activities pretending that all is well, thinking that he must conceal the change he has undergone from those around him. He discovers however that his relationship with the world and the people in it has skewed. Normalcy is in the eye of the beholder, and Keuschnig's perceptions have grown hyper-sensitive. He sees portents and potential danger at every turn, in every set of eyes that light upon him and every object he comes across. As the day progresses he gives in to damaging impulses and expresses himself with a kind of spiteful honesty. The only person with whom he is able to behave "normally" is his daughter Agnes, who in her childish way accepts him as he is, does not question his behaviour, and from whom he feels no need to conceal anything. The novel ends abruptly, with Keuschnig estranged from his family, wandering the streets of Paris, living an existential nightmare with no end in sight. In A Moment of True Feeling Handke argues that we really know nothing of one another, that we live and work side by side but are isolated by the individual consciousness in which we are immersed. This shocking and wildly inventive novel can be horrifying and howlingly funny within a single scene. Probably the best of Handke's 1970s fictions.

  • Jason
    2019-04-13 03:42

    This one's hilarious. The scene with his lover and the one with the woman he sees through a window while he's at work and the one with the dinner guests. This one ranks slightly behind my other two favorite of his: Short Letter... and The Goalie's...

  • Bep
    2019-04-17 06:59

    Na een droom waarin hij een moordenaar is, kan een persattaché verbonden aan de Oostenrijkse ambassade in Parijs niet meer op de gewone manier verder leven. Hij breekt met zijn omgeving en er onstaat een totale, vrijwillige vervreemding van de hele zinloze wereld

  • David Antonelli
    2019-04-17 09:39

    I have read this novella many times during my life and it is always a source of inspiration from the intricate details of walking around Paris to the razor sharp psychological insights. The story is about a man who has a violent dream that convinces him he can no longer be the same person again and so he goes on an quest through the streets of Paris to discover his new self and connect it to his previous life through the dream. This all precipitates the end of his marriage and we were left to think that the dream was either a kind of self fulfilling prophecy of sorts, or perhaps that it had just uncovered issues that had previously been dormant. As always with Handke the interpretation is open and the beautiful obscurities revelatory and profound. This story was also a major influence on my novel The Forest, which is about a man who goes back and forth between New York and Budapest following his vague impulses and inspirations, as he becomes more and more deeply involved in two overlapping love triangles, in search of what he believes is a new life. If you like Handke then you will love The Forest I am sure!

  • Johannes
    2019-04-01 06:07

    In Erinnerung sind mir vor allem die Bescheibungen von Orten und Eindrücken in Paris. Sicher eine von Handkes Stärken: Feine Beschreibungen von Un-Orten, also solchen, die normalerweise außer Fokus bleiben.

  • Na Ta
    2019-04-09 12:06

    ludost teksta je dobra, samo izmiče mi veća slika.

  • Lee
    2019-04-12 09:59

    This one is great - an amazing dinner scene that goes badly. The anxiety of crossing the street with a cup of coffee in your hand as a train runs beneath . . .

  • Cédric Jover
    2019-03-22 04:43

    Attention, vous ne regarderez plus les quidams comme avant...