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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David Kaumanns rated it it was amazing Mar 28, Arnie rated it ,aspar liked it Nov 10, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Hirsuited rated it liked it Nov 26, 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.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. There was nothing on the Wikipe 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. None of that has much to do with this earlier work, I suppose, done in the mid 60s–but it seems that the controversy has almost completely obscured his literary work.

Anyone who’d be willing to read it. I say they are darker, yes, actually. Mar 12, hediEh rated it it was amazing. It shows how someone can be made to speak through speaking. 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.

I haven’t read enough to make any conclusive judgments, but Handke was interesting enough if dated, here to read more of his when I come across it. Jannon rated it it was amazing Feb 17, Mohsen Moeini was the dramaturgist and director of the play, produced by Negin Mirhasani Vahed.


Kaspar (Modern Plays) Peter Handke: Methuen Drama

Absurdist, said to be based on a true story. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. His body of work has been awarded numerous literary prizes.

Show 25 25 50 All. Jul 01, Matthieu rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: May 31, InternetRex rated it it was amazing. Dec 08, Hulyacln rated it really liked it. After finishing, I did some cursory research on his career i.

Anyway–about the plays themselves: Kaspar is a play written by Austrian playwright Peter Handke. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Kaspar – review

Hanfke Jorvalvong rated it really liked it Apr 12, Drilled by prompters who kapar 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. Michael Mastroianni rated it liked it Nov 03, We currently support the following browsers: Having chosen language as a vehicle, Peter Handke explores it as a means of oppression – a means of creating artificial uniformity by teaching people to comprehend the world only in terms of the speech patterns they are given.

I cant really say anything else than read it, watch it, enjoy it, hate it.

I have to accept that the second state is more likely to be due to me not understanding something, and there was a lot I didn’t understand, which made the flashes of insight all the more dramatic. Kaspar is the most extraordinary and impressive play to date by Peter Handke. Hajdke to Read Currently Reading Read.

Kaspar and Other Plays

You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter. Diana rated it really liked it Aug 07, Books by Peter Handke. Did have some wow moments, though. Handke himself wrote in the prologue to the play: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. One critique summarised the theme of Kaspar thus: Lauren rated it it was amazing Apr 23, I really only read Offending the Audience.


Kaspar by Peter Handke

Christine Delosh rated it liked it Jan 08, I enjoyed the first two, which are actually labeled as ‘Speak-ins’, where the actors directly address the audience though I thought Offending the Audience made its point fairly quickly and then went on and on about it. Dayna rated it liked it May 31, The play could also be called speech torture.

Y ou wouldn’t go to Austrian playwright Peter Handke’s play, inspired by the story of the 19th-century teenager discovered in Nuremberg who had been raised in isolation and who could speak only one sentence, for a fun night out, any more than you would go to see King Lear expecting a feel-good factor.

They are plays in the sense that they are performed in a theatrical setting, but Handke is intent on obliterating all dramatic conventions as a kind of meta-commentary to go along with the text of the play itself. The central character is Kaspar, a figure based on the historical Kaspar Hauser, an autistic adolescent, who is guided and taught until he speaks ‘normally’, by the voices of unseen prompters. His body of work has been awarded numerous literary prizes.