Peter Handke is an Austrian born novelist, poet, film director, and screenwriter. He is one of the most original German-language writers in the second half of the 20th century. He has been widely recognized for his literary work that has moved countless readers and free thinkers. Handke has also composed short stories, essays, radio dramas, and autobiographical works.
He was also engaged in film making. He co-wrote screenplays for several movies directed by Wim Wenders, and he wrote scripts for the film and television arrangements of some of his works. Also, he directed three films, including L’Absence, in 1992, which he also wrote. In 2006, Handke’s literary fame was eclipsed by his political opinions, which have generated controversy.