Kaspar and Other Plays

Kaspar and Other Plays

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Kaspar, Peter Handke's first full-length drama - hailed in Europe as "the play of the decade" and compared in importance to Waiting for Godot - is the story of an autistic adolescent who finds himself at a complete existential loss on the stage, with but a single sentence to call his own. 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. In Offending the Audience and Self-Accusation, one-character "speak-ins," Handke further explores the relationship between public performance and personal identity, forcing us to reconsider our sense of who we are and what we know.

ISBN: 9780809015467

Published Date: January 1, 1970

Publisher: Hill & Wang

Language: English

Page Count: 139

Size: 7.95" l x 5.28" w x 0.42" h