The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick
The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick is a true modern classic that “portrays the breakdown of a murderer in ways that recall Camus’s The Stranger”. The self-destruction of a soccer goalie turned construction worker who wanders aimlessly around a stifling Austrian border town after pursuing and then murdering, almost unthinkingly, a female movie cashier is mirrored by his use of direct, sometimes fractured prose that conveys “at its best a seamless blend of lyricism and horror seen in the runes of a disintegrating world”.
Published by “Antares”, 2020
Translated from German by: Karlen Matinyan