Kaspar: Peter Handke: is his first full-length play, Kaspar (), which depicts the foundling Kaspar Hauser as a near-speechless innocent destroyed by. ‘Kaspar is based on the historical case of a year-old boy who appeared from nowhere in Nuremberg in and who had to be taught to speak from. Handke’s Kaspar, Wittgenstein’s Tractates, and the successful representation of alienation. James R. Hamilton. The prologue to Peter Handke’s play Kaspar.

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The white space of this new pop-up venue works very well to create a feeling of a clinic where the bewildered Kaspar, whose legs initially fold beneath him like a foal, is a suitable subject for experimentation. I cant really say anything else than read it, watch it, enjoy it, hate it. David Kaumanns rated it it was amazing Mar 28, Raped, in a good way, dirty, offended, facefucked with words, sentences and words, ramming nonsense down my throat, exhausting body, mind, eyes, mind, through constant repetition making words meaningless and meaningfull at the same time.

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Jannon rated it it was amazing Feb 17, To ask other readers questions about Kasparplease sign up. David Schaafsma rated it liked it Dec 19, This is not an easy watch — it’s cerebral, dourly Germanic, and downright slippery, as if you’ve been thrown into a linguistic plunge pool.


Absurdist, said to be based on a true story. Maybe not–there’s a YouTube video of an adaptation of Offending the Audience that looks fairly recent.

Hillary Marek rated it really liked it Nov 21, Obie for Best Foreign Play Will read his other stuff eventually. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Cheila rated it it was amazing May 29, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. There was nothing on the Wikipedia page about these three plays at all. Return to Book Page.

Refresh and try again. It is also a play that suggests individuals are bound to negate themselves under the pressure of the societies that they live in. Apr 07, Lori rated it it was amazing. May 31, InternetRex rated it it was amazing. Handke’s is a name that I had heard of but knew next to nothing about when I picked up this short book of plays at some library sale or another.

Kaspar and Other Plays by Peter Handke.

Here are no hope, but that might not even be important to Handke. Everything is nonsense and at the same time nothing.

Some say Handkes plays are like Becketts but without the humour. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sep 19, Kimley rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 22 comments.


Kaspar and Other Plays

Its run was extended three time and it was widely praised by the audience. Ali rated it it was ok Mar 28, Drilled by prompters who use terrifyingly funny logical and alogical language-sequences, Kaspar learns to speak “normally” and eventually becomes creative–“doing his own thing” with words; for this he is destroyed. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Published first published There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Sometimes I thought I caught a glimpse of what Handke was trying to say, but I was never sure–perhaps something along the lines of how the social goal is to bring us out of ignorance into conformity, but not to proceed past that point. Dan Malinowski rated it really liked it Apr 11, It seems very sixty-ish to me–a kind of shout at the audience to wake-up, that these plays are about no longer acting as if conventions are truth, about not accepting conventions as necessary, about getting down to the Real.

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