http://www.handkelectures.freeservers.com [the drama lecture]
With that we come to the focus of my rambles: Del Gredos which received the customary “masterpiece” from Erich Wolfgang Skwara in The International Review of Literature, and if you get to know Skwara a little as I once did it will not be all that long that this sometimes first rate writer allows that he thinks he’s really the better of the two! The country being as lousy as it is, he’s had four novels published by Ariadne Press and if he has received a sing;e review I sure haven’t seen it. Not his fault of course but his publisher which doesn’t even send galleys to Publisher’s Weekly or Library Journal [yes, folks, that too exists!]
One splendid review, in the Washington Post, from the Canadian novelist Vanderhaege
something positive but not as good a reading in the L.A. Times Book Review
I would like to point out that as a professor of literature he might be aware of the classical tradition of Goethe, Stifter, Flaubert, Hermann Lenz and Bové in whose steps Handke, the last great walker on the earth, exerts himself as someone who is so infinitely of his medium's contemporaneous possibilities; and to sensitive responses in [as already listed above]. And the:
3] San Franciso Chronicle
> Crossing the Sierra de Gredos
> San Francisco Chronicle - CA, USA
> as well as to sites and blogs I and others run on Handke, accessible
These not only contain a wealth of material, but there Handke, his own severest critic, also is critiqued on his own terms; and flinches at every lash of the whip! Gordon's reading of DEL GREDOS shows me that he is the wrong reader, that is a non-reader, responder for this book, written in large part to memorialize, salvage a landscape. He bristles at being shook up.
I happened on the now deceased John Leonard's review of Del Gredos
and the there perpetrated infamies require a response, correction, even at this late date, working backwards in order of the ignorance and lies that this review contains:
1] As to Mr. Handke's denying or excusing Srebrenice: that is of course why he has a surrogate for himself
exclaim over and over, in "A Summer's Follow Up" [Sommerlicher Nachtrag] at S., which he visited at least a dozen times: "I don't want to be a Serb!"
2] As to "A Winter's Journey" being "agitprop", Mr. Leonard's ability to read in anything but the simplest of U.S. and bién pênsant approved propaganda terms is not only confirmed by his take on "A Winter's Journey", intentionally written in poetic and not in the usual categories, as is Leonard's entirely superficial response to "Del Gredos." Mr. Leonard hadn't understood what Handke did since the beginning when he praised him, nor subsequently, as his various ignorant responses [also, in The Nation] demonstrated to me.
The most simplified down version of what is known as the "Handke-Yugoslavia Affair"
I have in Footnote 2 of the above[ that is this book]