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Max Rudolph Frisch was born in 1911 in Zurich; the son of Franz Bruno Frisch (an architect) and Karolina Bettina Frisch (née Wildermuth). After studying at the Realgymnasium in Zurich, he enrolled at the University of Zurich in 1930 and began studying German literature, but had to abandon due to financial problems after the death of his father in 1932. Instead, he started working as a journalist and columnist for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), one of the major newspapers in Switzerland. With the NZZ he would entertain a lifelong ambivalent love-hate relationship, for his own views were in stark contrast to the conservative views promulgated by this newspaper. In 1933 he travelled through eastern and south-eastern Europe, and in 1935 he visited Germany for the first time.

From 1936 to 1941 he studied architecture at the ETH Zurich. His first and still best-known project was in 1942, when he won the invitation of tenders for the construction of a public swimming bath right in the middle of Zurich (the Letzigraben).

In 1947, he met Bertolt Brecht in Zurich. In 1951, he was awarded a grant by the Rockefeller Trust and spent one year in the U.S. After 1955 he worked exclusively as a freelance writer. His experience of postwar Europe is vividly described in his Tagebuch (Diary) for 1946-1949; it contains the first drafts of later fictional works.

During the 1950s and 1960s Frisch created some outstanding novels that explored problems of alienation and identity in modern societies. These are I'm Not Stiller (1954), Homo Faber (1957) and Wilderness of Mirrors/Gantenbein (1964). In addition, he wrote some highly intelligent political dramas, such as Andorra and The Fireraisers. He continued to publish extracts from his diaries. These included fragments from contemporary media reports, and paradoxical questionnaires, as well as personal reflections and reportage. he fell in love with a woman called Antonia Quick in 1969.

Max Frisch died of cancer on April 4, 1991 in Zurich. Together with Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Max Frisch is considered one of the most influential Swiss writers of the 20th century. He was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Marburg, Germany, in 1962, Bard College (1980), the City University of New York (1982), the University of Birmingham (1984), and the TU Berlin (1987). He also won many important German literature prizes: the Georg-Büchner-Preis in 1958, the Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels in 1976, and the Heinrich-Heine-Preis in 1989. In 1965 he won the Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society.

Some of the major themes in his work are the search or loss of one's identity; guilt and innocence (the spiritual crisis of the modern world after Nietzsche proclaimed that "God is dead"); technological omnipotence (the human belief that everything was possible and technology allowed humans to control everything) versus fate (especially in Homo faber); and also Switzerland's idealized self-image as a tolerant democracy based on consensus — criticizing that as illusion and portraying people (and especially the Swiss) as being scared by their own liberty and being preoccupied mainly with controlling every part of their life.

Max Frisch was a political man, and many of his works make reference to (or, as in Jonas und sein Veteran, are centered around) political issues of the time.

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Max Frisch is the author of books: Homo Faber, Andorra, Biedermann und die Brandstifter, I'm Not Stiller, Gantenbein, Montauk, Man in the Holocene, Fragebogen, Tagebuch 1946-1949, Bluebeard

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Max Frischs Homo faber ist eines der wichtigsten und meistgelesenen Bücher des 20. Jahrhunderts: Der Ingenieur Walter Faber glaubt an sein rationales Weltbild, das aber durch eine ›Liebesgeschichte‹ nachhaltig zerbricht.
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Die Kernzelle von Andorra findet sich in Max Frischs Tagebuch als Eintragung des Jahres 1946. Andorra ist der Name für ein Modell: Es zeigt den Prozeß einer Bewußtseinsveränderung, abgehandelt an der Figur des jungen Andri, den die Umwelt so lange zum Anderssein zwingt, bis er es als sein Schicksal annimmt. Dieses Schicksal heißt in Max Frischs Stück »Judsein«. Das Schauspiel erschien als Buchausgabe zuerst 1961.
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Das Stück ist die Geschichte des Bürgers Gottlieb Biedermann, der die Brandstifter in sein Haus einlädt, um von ihnen verschont zu werden. Es entlarvt präzise eines Geisteshaltung, die der Technik des Totalitären zum Erfolg verhilft. Bidermann und die Brandstifter - eine politische Parabel, die ihre kritische Kraft nicht aus der Entlarvung der Lüge bezieht, sondern aus der Inszenierung der biedermännischen Wehrlosigkeit gegenüber Verbrechern, die von Anfang an sagen, was sie wirklich wollen.

Das »Lehrstück ohne Lehre« wurde am 29. März 1958 am Schauspielhaus Zürich uraufgeführt. Die deutsche Erstaufführung mit der Uraufführung des Nachspiels war am 28. September 1958 an den Städtischen Bühnen Frankfurt am Main. Biedermann und die Brandstifter gehört seit Jahren nicht nur zum Theaterrepertoire, sondern auch zum Lekturekanon im Deutschunterricht.
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Arrested and imprisoned in a small Swiss town, a prisoner begins this book with an exclamation: "I'm not Stiller!" He claims that his name is Jim White, that he has been jailed under false charges and under the wrong identity. To prove he is who he claims to be, he confesses to three unsolved murders and recalls in great detail an adventuresome life in America and Mexico among cowboys and peasants, in back alleys and docks. He is consumed by "the morbid impulse to convince," but no one believes him. This is a harrowing account part Kafka, part Camus of the power of self-deception and the freedom that ultimately lies in self-acceptance. Simultaneously haunting and humorous, I'm Not Stiller has come to be recognized as "one of the major post-war works of fiction" and a masterpiece of German literature.
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A stranger walks out of a bar and is later found dead at the wheel of his car. The narrator creates the story of this man -- or, rather, two stories, based on the two personae that he has imagined. One of these is named Enderlin; the other, Gantenbein.

Originally published as A Wilderness of Mirrors.
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Montauk ist ein indianischer Name, er bezeichnet die nördliche Spitze von Long Island, hundertzehn Meilen von Manhattan entfernt; dort findet das Wochenende statt, das erzählt wird.
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Frisch charts the crumbling landscape of an old man’s consciousness as he slips away from himself toward death and reintegration with the age-old history of our planet. A “luminous parable...a masterpiece” (New York Times Book Review). Translated by Geoffrey Skelton. Illustrations. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
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"Halten Sie sich für einen guten Freund? Sind Sie sich selber ein Freund?" Zwischen diesen beiden Fragestellungen liegen 23 Fragen zum Thema Freundschaft. Die Antworten bleiben den Leserinnen und Lesern überlassen. Dieser und zehn weitere Fragebogen umkreisen die Themen Ehe, Frauen, Hoffnung, Humor, Geld, Vatersein, Heimat, Eigentum, Tod, Erhaltung des Menschengeschlechts.
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Max Frisch* 1911 te Zurich, Zwitsers roman- en toneelauteur, ook bij ons een klinkende naam. Naast zijn beroep als architect ondernam hij vele reizen o.a. lang in Rome en USA. Het Tagebuch 1946-1949 (1950) is een bijzonder dagboek om verscheidene redenen: vooreerst daar hij het niet als een prive-hobby ziet, maar als een middel zijn ervaringen en gedachten objectief weer te geven, als neutrale en geengageerde waarnemer de toestand in het Europa na W.O. II registrerend. Zo imponeren zijn beschrijvingen van verwoeste steden: Warschau, Berlijn, Nurnberg, Wurzburg enz. naast ontmoetingen met bekende mensen (Brecht!), levensnormen en staatsvormen. Verder geeft het hem de kans te reflecteren over levensproblemen: schrijven, toneel, beleefdheid, liefde, jaloezie, schuld. En dan bevat het ook ontwerpen en schetsen van veel van zijn later oeuvre. Zo geeft het niet slechts dagelijkse notities, doch een geheel van duidelijk doorlopende lagen.
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From the author of Man in the Holocene, an examination of the effects of a crime of passion. Translated by Geoffrey Skelton. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book.