The Swiss writer Friedrich DA¼rrenmatt (1921a90) 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, DA¼rrenmatt becomes available again in all his brilliance to the English-speaking world. DA¼rrenmattas essays, gathered in this third volume of Selected Writings, are among his most impressive achievements. Their range alone is astonishing: he wrote with authority and charm about art, literature, philosophy, politics, and the theater. The selections here include DA¼rrenmattas best-known essays, such as aTheater Problemsa and aMonster Essay on Justice and Law, a as well as the notes he took on a 1970 journey in America (in which he finds the United States aincreasingly susceptible to every kind of fascisma). This third volume of Selected Writings also includes essays that shade into fiction, such as aThe Winter War in Tibet, a a fantasy of a third world war waged in a vast subterranean labyrinthaa Platoas Cave allegory rewritten for our own troubled times. DA¼rrenmatt has long been considered a great writerabut 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.DA¼rrenmattas essays, gathered in this third volume of Selected Writings, are among his most impressive achievements.
|Author||:||Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Joel Agee, Kenneth J. Northcott, Theodore Ziolkowski|
|Publisher||:||University of Chicago Press - 2006-10-15|