Peter Handke

Peter Handke is an Austrian novelist, playwright, and translator. He is known for his prolific output and has received numerous awards, including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2019.


This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. The Left-Handed Woman

    "The Left-Handed Woman" is a poignant, introspective novel that explores the life of a woman who decides to live alone after her husband leaves on a business trip. She attempts to find her own identity and independence by distancing herself from her usual social circles, including her young son. The novel is a deep dive into her thoughts, feelings, and experiences as she navigates her new life, offering a profound exploration of solitude and self-discovery.

    The 1825th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. A Sorrow Beyond Dreams

    This book is a poignant exploration of the author's mother's life and her struggle with depression, ultimately leading to her suicide. It provides a deeply personal and raw account of the author's attempts to understand his mother's despair and the societal constraints that contributed to it. The narrative is a profound reflection on memory, loss, and the complexity of human emotions, offering a stark and moving portrayal of a woman's life in a rigid, post-war society.

    The 4350th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Afternoon of a Writer

    "The Afternoon of a Writer" is a contemplative exploration of a day in the life of a solitary writer who, after a successful morning of writing, decides to take a walk through an unnamed European city. As he strolls, he grapples with feelings of alienation and existential dread, questioning his purpose and the worth of his work. The book delves into the writer's inner struggles, his observations of the world around him, and his reflections on the act of writing itself.

    The 4507th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Kaspar and Other Plays

    "Kaspar and Other Plays" is a collection of avant-garde, thought-provoking plays that explore deep philosophical questions about language, reality, and the human condition. The titular play tells the story of a young man who learns to speak and, in doing so, is manipulated and controlled by society. The other plays in the collection continue to challenge conventional ideas and push boundaries, offering a unique and profound commentary on the world.

    The 7556th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Slow Homecoming

    The book in question is a lyrical exploration of themes such as identity, memory, and the sense of belonging through a series of interconnected narratives. It follows the journey of an unnamed protagonist who, after a period of self-imposed exile, embarks on a quest for self-discovery and reconnection with his homeland. Through his travels, he reflects on his past experiences, the landscapes he traverses, and the people he encounters, all of which contribute to his gradual understanding of home not just as a physical place, but as a complex tapestry of relationships, history, and inner peace. The narrative is characterized by its introspective tone and vivid, poetic descriptions of both the inner and outer worlds the protagonist navigates.

    The 9483rd Greatest Book of All Time