Peter Handke’s speech at the Nobel Banquet, 10 December 2019.
This is the first « toast » in my life. In my old english dictionary « to toast » means: to greet, in distance a beautiful lady… »
This is the second time in my life, I address myself to a King and a Queen. The other time I found myself confronted to – Saint Louis, King of France, and his beloved wife, Margareta de Navarra.- But this was in the twelfth century and it was a dream…
Thank you all for your presence.
My wish, my greetings: they go to the WILD GEESE in « Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige » and the wish is : that the geese should in the future, beyond Sweden, also overfly every landscape not only in Europe and so transforme even the smallest country into a world wide one! Selma Lagerlöfs wild geese forever.
Strawberry Fields for ever. Wild Strawberries for ever.
See them all presented here.