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A Sensual Journey

The enfant terrible channels the scoundrel par excellence.

Aug 16, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 45 • By SUSANNE KLINGENSTEIN
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Handke’s fanciful play with the metaphorical nature of language, and his enjoyment of hidden literary allusions (he shares biographical features with both Blaise Pascal and Jean Racine, both of whom had female relatives living at Port-Royal) keep the reader alert and pinned to the pages just as the plot becomes so boring that even Don Juan loses interest in it.

Susanne Klingenstein is a lecturer in the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

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