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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

SCOTT ABBOT ON HANDKE'S MORAVIAN NIGHTS...


Michael,
the Literary Encyclopedia has just put up my essay on MORAVIAN NIGHTS. Here's
what it looks like, and it's at:

http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=24866

I used your Spanish Celts thought. Many thanks.
Scott

Die morawische Nacht 
[The Moravian Night]
 
Evoking The Arabian Nights in his title and again in his first sentence
(“Every country has its Samarkand and its Numancia”), Peter
Handke’s narrator links this story to legendary tales told by
characters who must keep telling stories to escape danger. There is no
plague here, as in Boccaccio’s Decameron, but the houseboat moored on
the Morava River is compared to Numancia, the last place of refuge for
Spanish Celts from the Roman Empire; and on this night “between the
wars”, the narrator joins others on a houseboat for a night of
storytelling by the boot’s owner, an ex-author back from a lengthy
journey through Europe. In the telling of stories through the night and
in the recounting of stories about the stories, in corrections and
additions to the stories by other witnesses, in the ending that calls
all the stories into question, the book’s genre designation, Erzählung
/ Story, becomes a subtitle..... 

http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=24866

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