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.
Their work and discoveries range from the Earth’s climate and our sense of touch to efforts to safeguard freedom of expression.
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