Reading here about Peter Handke’s Weight of the world a combination of personal rumination and professional notes for writing. Have wanted to read Handke since learning that he co-wrote the script for ‘Himmel Uber Berlin’ (mailed it to Wenders in parts I believe, when filming had already started). There is a beautiful poem that is read in parts throughout the movie, ‘Lied Vom Kindsein’ (‘Song of Childhood / Being Child / Child Being’).
In Weight of the World Handke writes a story that reminds me of another story by the phenomenally successful Swedish author Stig Dagerman (until he committed suicide at 35), in which a person locks her(?)self in a room and asks to be let out. This story by Handke is sort of the opposite and sort of very similar:
“”A gentleman wants to be alone. (Already there’s no one in the room.) He rings for his servant and says in response to the knock: ‘Don’t come in.’ At last he is alone.””