Friedrich Dürrenmatt - book author
Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921 – 1990) was a Swiss author and dramatist.
Dürrenmatt was born in the Emmental (canton of Bern), the son of a Protestant pastor. His grandfather Ulrich Dürrenmatt was a conservative politician. The family moved to Bern in 1935. Dürrenmatt began to study philosophy and German language and literature at the University of Zurich in 1941, but moved to the University of Bern after one semester. In 1943 he decided to become an author and dramatist and dropped his academic career. In 1945-46, he wrote his first play, "It is written". On October 11 1946 he married actress Lotti Geissler. She died in 1983 and Dürrenmatt was married again to another actress, Charlotte Kerr, the following year.
He was a proponent of epic theater whose plays reflected the recent experiences of World War II. The politically active author gained fame largely due to his avant-garde dramas, philosophically deep crime novels, and often macabre satire. One of his leading sentences was: "A story is not finished, until it has taken the worst turn". Dürrenmatt was a member of the Gruppe Olten.
Friedrich Dürrenmatt is the author of books: Die Physiker, Der Richter und sein Henker, The Visit, Der Verdacht, The Pledge, Die Panne, Romulus der Große, La morte della Pizia, Justiz, The Inspector Barlach Mysteries: The Judge and His Hangman and Suspicion
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The action of The Visit takes place in the small town of Guellen, "somewhere in Central Europe." An elderly millionairesse, Claire Zachanassian, returns to Guellen, her home town, after an absence of many years. Merely on the promise of her millions, she shortly turns what has been a depressed area into a boom town. But there is a condition attached to her largess, which the natives of Guellen realize only after they have become enmeshed in her vengeful plot: murder. Out of these elements, Durrenmatt has fashioned a many-leveled play which is at once a macabre parable, a deeply moving tragedy, and a scathing indictment of the power of greed.
One of Dürrenmatt’s most diabolically imagined and constructed novels, The Pledge was adapted for the screen in 2000 in a film directed by Sean Penn and starring Jack Nicholson.
»Kaiser Romulus Augustus hält das römische Weltreich für unmoralisch und will es als ›Richter Roms‹ liquidieren, indem er 467 n. Chr. tatenlos die einmarschierenden Germanen erwartet. Germanenfürst Odoaker freilich, ein leidenschaftlicher Hühnerzüchter wie Romulus, hat keinen sehnlicheren Wunsch als sich zu unterwerfen, um zu verhindern, daß die Germanen ›endgültig ein Volk der Helden‹ werden.«