Don Juan: His Own Version by Peter Handke

By Peter Handke

A latest MASTER’S WRY AND wonderful tackle HISTORY’S BEST-KNOWN LOVER In Don Juan, Peter Handke bargains his tackle the well-known seducer. Don Juan’s story—“his personal version”—is filtered in the course of the recognition of an nameless narrator, a failed innkeeper and chef, into whose solitude Don Juan bursts in the future. On every day of the week that follows, Don Juan describes the adventures he skilled on that very same day per week previous. The adventures are erotic, yet Handke’s Don Juan is extra pursued than pursuer. What makes his debts riveting are the amazing evocations of locations and folks, and the character of his narration. this is often, certainly, a publication approximately storytelling and its skill to burst the normal barriers of time and area. during this short and wry quantity, Handke conjures pictures and depicts the subtleties of human interplay with an unforgettable vividness. alongside the best way, he bargains a pointy remark on many positive factors of up to date existence.

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Swarms of butterflies, of different varieties and colors, also fluttered around the newcomer, a veritable battery of miniature flags, pennants, and standards; and more than a few of the butterflies even alighted on him, especially on his wrists, his eyebrows, his ears, sipping the beads of sweat that welled up constantly as he rested, all the more prolifically as a result of his flight; he served them as a drinking trough. And I saw the muskrat that lived under the rotting lawn furniture, the shyest creature I had ever met, sniffing at Don Juan’s toes, its whiskers relaxed as if it had not a care in the world.

At christenings, for instance, one corner of the church was usually set aside for the private event, or the whole church was reserved. But there was also something to be said for standing outside and catching an impression at a distance of the baby’s damp hair or bald head, or seeing a cluster of First Communicants lingering in the sun after the ceremony, licking their ice cream cones. On the last leg of the journey, before they got to the village where the wedding was taking place, Don Juan changed roles from passenger to driver; his servant, after giving his master directions, stretched out between the canisters and hampers on the backseat and instantly fell asleep.

II. Title. 914—dc22 2009029526 Designed by Jonathan D. com 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 Chi son’ io tu non saprai. ) —Da Ponte/Mozart Don Juan Don Juan had always been looking for someone to listen to him. Then one fine day he found me. He told me his story, but in the third person rather than in the first. At least that is how I recall it now. At the time in question, I was cooking only for myself, for the time being, in my country inn near the ruins of Port-Royal-des-Champs, which in the seventeenth century was France’s most famous cloister, as well as its most infamous.

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