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Friedrich Durrenmatt : Selected Writings: Plays (Hardcover)

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The Swiss writer Friedrich Dü rrenmatt (1921– 90) was one of the most important literary figures of the second half of the twentieth century. During the years of the cold war, arguably only Beckett, Camus, Sartre, and Brecht rivaled him as a presence in European letters. Yet outside Europe, this prolific author is primarily known for only one work, "The Visit," With these long-awaited translations of his plays, fictions, and essays, Dü rrenmatt becomes available again in all his brilliance to the English-speaking world. 
Dü rrenmatt’ s concerns are timeless, but they are also the product of his Swiss vantage during the cold war: his key plays, gathered in the first volume of "Selected Writings," explore such themes as guilt by passivity, the refusal of responsibility, greed and political decay, and the tension between justice and freedom. In "The Visit," for instance, an old lady who becomes the wealthiest person in the world returns to the village that cast her out as a young woman and offers riches to the town in exchange for the life of the man, now its mayor, who once disgraced her. Joel Agee’ s crystalline translation gives a fresh lease to this play, as well as four others: "The Physicists," "Romulus the Great," "Hercules and the Augean Stables," and "The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi," 
Dü rrenmatt has long been considered a great writer— but one unfairly neglected in the modern world of letters. With these elegantly conceived and expertly translated volumes, a new generation of readers will rediscover his greatest works.


Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Mfg Part# 9780226174266
SKU 202747162
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0226174263
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0313
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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