A "challenging and rewarding novel"* from Nobel Prize-winning author Peter Handke.

The time is an unspecified modernity, the place possibly Europe. Absence follows four nameless people -- the old man, the woman, the soldier, and the gambler -- as they journey to a desolate wasteland beyond the limits of an unnamed city.

"In this smoothly written fable, Handke forcefully summons readers to the recognition that the essence of human life lies in the striving for self-expression even though its perfect realization must always remain elusive." - *Publishers Weekly


"A remarkably abstract book even for the very abstract Handke... Slippery but engrossing work, silkily translated." - Kirkus Reviews

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

May 1991 : UK Hardback
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Title: Absence
Author(s): Peter Handke
ISBN: 0-413-63830-8 / 978-0-413-63830-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
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May 1990 : USA Hardback
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Title: Absence
Author(s): Peter Handke, Ralph Manheim
ISBN: 0-374-10022-5 / 978-0-374-10022-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

June 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: Absence: A Novel
Author(s): Peter Handke
ISBN: 0-374-52763-6 / 978-0-374-52763-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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May 1993 : Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Absence (Folio)
Author(s): Peter Handke
ISBN: 2070386279 / 978-2070386277
Publisher: Gallimard Education
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Kindle Editions

June 2000 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Absence: A Novel
Author(s): Peter Handke
Publisher: Picador
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