handke: “the impression of fiction”
Reflecting on his earlier fiction, Handke says:
These narratives and novels have no story. They are only daily occurrences brought into a new order. What is ‘story’ or ‘fiction’ is really always only the point of intersection between individual daily events. This is what produces the impression of fiction. And because of this I believe they are not traditional, but that the most unarranged daily occurrences are only brought into a new order, where they suddenly look like fiction. I never want to do anything else.
And he says this:
The more I immerse myself in an object, the more it approaches a written sign.
Handke has published 4 volumes of his journals, which he began to keep in the mid 70s. Was this amidst the general crisis to which he alludes at the beginning of My Year in No-Man’s Bay?
There was one time in my life when I experienced metamorphosis. Up to that point, it had only been a word to me….
Very early on, while at the famous Group 47 meeting, he says:
Above all, it seems to me that the progress of literature consists of the gradual removal of all fictions.
Just ordered a stack of Handke, whom I’ve never read. There’s potentially productive semi-contradiction, I think, between the first quote of the series (in which fictionality seems to have been relocated from the work itself to the eye and mind of the reader – thus the impression of fiction) and the last one. Which fictions, exactly, is he out to remove?