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Across - Peter Handke

London: Methuen, 1986, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.

First British Edition, first published Germany, 1983.

From the cover: “Andreas Loser, teacher of classical languages and amateur archaeologist, lives alone in a modest apartment in a suburb of a central European city. His existence follows a classical model of organization and routine: the objects in their familiar row on his desk — the glass full of sawdust, the wooden toy, the two lumps of clay — serve as a professional "call to order"; the sun setting to the left of the mountain outside his window reminds him that winter has not yet crossed over into spring. Indeed, Virgil’s Georgics, with its peaceful domesticity and affectionate home-grown epithets, constitutes Loser’s nightly reading.

One evening, as Loser is on his way to his monthly card game, he sees a beech tree that has been defaced with a swastika. Impulsively, yet deliberately, he tracks down the defacer and kills him. With this act, Loser seems to have crossed an invisible threshold. As if mysteriously brought to life, he commences an odyssey of self-discovery that increases his awareness of thresholds of all kinds — those separating new from old, natural from man-made, city from country. Ultimately, however, he himself becomes stuck at a. threshold of sorts: a kind of secular purgatory that must be traversed if he is to confess his crime.”

Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Quarter-bound Black on Turquoise boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 138 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.

Across Peter Handke