Swiss List: Selected Essays

Swiss List: Selected Essays
Isabel Fargo Cole, Friedrich Durrenmatt
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h203 x 127mm - 224pg
15 Sep 2019 UK
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Friedrich Durrenmatt was one of the most important literary figures of the twentieth century, a talent on par with Samuel Beckett, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Bertolt Brecht. A prolific writer of letters, poems, novels, and short fiction, he also wrote essays on literary forms as well as philosophy and politics that provide a window onto his world and his work, demonstrating both his critical acumen and the breadth of his talents as a stylist. Gathered from throughout his long career, the writings featured in Durrenmatt's Selected Essays are by turns playful and polemical, poetic and provocative, mordantly comical and deadly serious. Critics have often been perplexed by Durrenmatt's sudden shifts - from stage to prose and back, from comedy to tragedy and vice versa, from writing to drawing. In this volume, the full range of his interests in arts and letters-and their relationships to each other - becomes evident. In one section, a cluster of essays on the theater illuminate his idiosyncratic dramaturgical theories, drawing on examples from Attic comedy to Schiller, Brecht, and professional wrestling.In another, his philosophical essays mix his passionate reflections on ethical and political questions with his skeptical forays into metaphysics. And in autobiographical pieces such as the monumental "Vallon de l'Ermitage," Durrenmatt offers an intimate look at his "web of time" - the places where he traveled and the people with whom he lived and worked. Suffused with melancholy, flashes of tenderness, and the author's inimitable sense of the grotesque and absurd, these essays provide a compelling look at Durrenmatt's prodigious strength as a writer of nonfiction.

Correspondence - (not currently available)
Drafts for a Third Sketchbook - (not currently available)
La Clarte Notre-Dame and The Last Book of the Madrigals
Noah - (not currently available)
Sketchbooks, 1946-1949
Swiss List: A Calm Fire: And Other Travel Writings - (not currently available)
Swiss List: Blue Soda Siphon, The - (not currently available)
Swiss List: Fly Away, Pigeon - (not currently available)
Swiss List: Mr Adamson
Swiss List: Privy Portrait - (not currently available)
Swiss List: Seedtime III: Notebooks, 1995-1998
Swiss List: Selected Essays

"Friedrich Durrenmatt is among the very few geniuses of postwar German literature. A star like Buchner and Kafka... he is one of the deepest thinkers and one of the smartest political writers."-Hans Mayer"
Friedrich Durrenmatt (1921-90) is one of Switzerland's greatest modern writers. His works include The Assignment, The Pledge, and the Inspector Barlach mysteries, as well as many other works of fiction, plays, and essays. Isabel Fargo Cole is a US-born, Berlin-based writer and translator.

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