Peter Handke wins Ibsen Award

This is a belated acknowledgement of the 2014 Ibsen Award going to Peter Handke. Announced on Ibsen’s birthday, March 20, the award blurb mentions that Handke could be regarded as the antithesis of Ibsen. However, it further suggests that there is a literary similarity in that both playwrights are sensors of the fabric of society.

In his video acceptance of the award, Handke illustrates this sensory perception by wondering why Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize…

Personally, my life has been greatly enriched by both playwrights – and while their expression of the form couldn’t be greater, they both have at their writerly fingertips that special magic that touches humanity.

Currently I’m investigating a visit to Oslo in August-September for the International Ibsen Festival. Are there any Ibsen lovers who might care to join me?


2 thoughts on “Peter Handke wins Ibsen Award

  1. Thank you dear Brenda for sending this. I had no idea he won this. Have always been a fan and spent much time in Germany last year re-reading his work. Particularly liked the piece on the death of his mother.
    Would love to come to Oslo, but this is just after I return to Australia from Europe.
    Shall we go and see Ghosts at the MTC as a consolation. The only time I cld attend wld be the preview on the 17th…

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