REVIEW OF GEORG PICHLER'S HANDKE BIOGRAPHY TO COME, BY MICHAEL ROLOFF
In brief: since I am in the process of completing a psycho=analytic=psycho=linguistic portrait of Handke, I find Pichler's book extremely useful in confirming and supplementing biographical data for Handke's childhood. I was glad to find out that Handke regretted disparaging his biological father, the German army captain Herr Schoenherr who had that affair in 1941 with Maria Sivec while his company was stationed in Griffen, Carinthia. That Mr. Handke may find occasion for a few further regrets I feel like saying, I do say!
Pichler evidently had the author's cooperation, so critical features, as usual in anything with Handke's hand in it, is missing. However, without such cooperation I doubt that we would have a most valuable and large slew of quotes from letters that Handke wrote to Freddie Kolleritsch, the editor of Manuskripte & Stadtpark Forum manager; these provide valuable and deep insights into Handke's planning, doubts, thought, on the level of what he confided to t he two other great sources, DIE GESCHICHTE DES BLEISTIFTS, FANTASIEN DER WIEDERHOLUNG & the book length interview with Herbert Gamper, ABER ICH LEBE DOCH NUR...
No critical aspects, and truly primitive readings of the works, in as much as they can be called readings at all... one can see already what the beautiful texts will be reduced to in the Austrian curriculum. It's odd and weird to see it happening to an author during his life time.