Selected Essays


Author: Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Translated by Isbael Fargo Cole

9780857427113 | PB | pp. 208 | 2019 | Seagull Books

In this collection of essays the author compares, analyses and interprets various works of literature. In this volume the author’s full range of interests in arts and letters—and their relationships to each other—becomes evident.

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In this volume, the full range of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s interests in arts and letters—and their relationships to each other—becomes evident. In one section, a cluster of essays on the theatre illuminates his idiosyncratic dramaturgical theories, drawing from Attic comedy to Schiller, Brecht and professional wrestling. In another, his philosophical essays mingle his passionate reflections on ethical and political questions with his sceptical forays into metaphysics. And in autobiographical pieces such as ‘Vallon de l’Ermitage’, he offers an intimate look at his ‘web of time’—the places where he travelled and the people with whom he lived and worked. Suffused with melancholy, flashes of tenderness and his inimitable sense of the grotesque and absurd, these essays provide a compelling look at the authors prodigious strength as a writer of nonfiction.

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Friedrich Dürrenmatt
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About the Contributors

The author (1921–1990) was a Swiss writer and playwright who explored the dramatic possibilities of epic theatre. He is best known for his plays The Visit (1956), The Physicists (1962) and The Meteor (1966).

Isabel Fargo Cole is a US-born, Berlin-based writer and translator. She is the initiator and co-editor of No Man’s Land, the online magazine for new German literature in English.


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