Crossing the Sierra de Gredos

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2555-1
Publication Date
April 2009
Categories
Page Count
480 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9
ISBN
0-8101-2555-2

Crossing the Sierra de Gredos

A Novel

On the outskirts of a European riverport city lives a powerful woman banker, a public figure admired and hated in equal measure, who has decided to turn from the worlds of high finance and modern life to embark on a quest. Having commissioned a famous writer to undertake her "authentic" biography, she journeys through the Spanish Sierra de Gredos and the region of La Mancha to meet him. As she travels by all-terrain vehicle, bus, and finally on foot, the nameless protagonist encounters five way stations that become the stuff of her biography and the biography of the modern world, a world in which genuine images and unmediated experiences have been exploited and falsified by commercialization and the voracious mass media.

In this visionary novel, Peter Handke offers descriptions of objects, relationships, and events that teach readers a renewed way of seeing; he creates a wealth of images to replace those lost to convention and conformity. Crossing the Sierra de Gredos is, as well, a very human book of yearning and the ancient search for love, peopled with memorable characters (from multiple historical periods) and imbued with Handke’s inimitable ability to portray universal, innerworldly adventures that blend past, future, present, and dreamtime.

About the Author

 Peter Handke was born in Griffen, Austria, in 1942. His many works include The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, A Sorrow Beyond Dreams, My Year in the No-Man’s-Bay, and On a Dark Night Left My Silent House.
 
Krishna Winston, professor of German studies at Wesleyan University, has translated three other books by Peter Handke and works by Goethe, Christoph Hein, Gÿnter Grass, and others. She is the recipient of two Schlegel-Tieck Prizes for translation and a Helen and Kurt Wolff translator’s Prize.
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