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HÄNDLER, Ernst-Wilhelm
Ernst-Wilhelm Händler was born in 1953, and now lives in Regensburg. In 1995 he published his first book, Stadt mit Häusern (City with Houses), a collection of stories. In his novel Fall,an excerpt of which is published in Vol. 5, No. 1, Händler fuses the levels of reality and imagination. Oscillating between locations in Germany and Italy, the novel presents its protagonist Georg as identical with the "writer" in Italy; however, Georg's cousin and rival, Friedrich, is perhaps only a figment of Georg's imagination, and so are perhaps the trips to Italy. The Café Roma, in the excerpt printed in Vol. 5, No. 1, is of course in Germany. Thomas Bernhard's postmodern novel Die Auslöschugn (The Erasure) provides the subtext for Händler's novel.

Fall (Fall) (Frankfurt am Main: Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt, 1997): Vol 5, No. 1

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