The Physicists

A Comedy in Two Acts

Author: Friedrich Dürrenmatt,Joel Agee

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780802144270

Category: Drama

Page: 76

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The world's greatest physicist, Johann Wilhelm Mobius, is in a madhouse, haunted by recurring visions of King Solomon. He is kept company by two other equally deluded scientists: one who thinks he is Einstein, another who believes he is Newton. It soon becomes evident, however, that these three are not as harmlessly lunatic as they appear. Are they, in fact, really mad? Or are they playing some murderous game, with the world as the stake? For Mobius has uncovered the mystery of the universe--and therefore the key to its destruction--and Einstein and Newton are vying for this secret that would enable them to rule the earth.

Plays and Essays: Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Author: Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826402578

Category: History

Page: 312

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Six richly inventive pieces by the Swiss master of existentialist theater. Includes "Romulus the Great, 21 Points to the Physician," and "A Monster Lecture on Justice and Law.">

Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Selected Writings

Author: Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226174298

Category: Fiction

Page: 408

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The Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt (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, Dürrenmatt becomes available again in all his brilliance to the English-speaking world. This second volume of Selected Writings reveals a writer who may stand as Kafka’s greatest heir. Dürrenmatt’s novellas and short stories are searing, tragicomic explorations of the ironies of justice and the corruptibility of institutions. Apart from The Pledge, a requiem to the detective story that was made into a film starring Jack Nicholson, none of the works in this volume are available elsewhere in English. Among the most evocative fictions included here are two novellas: The Assignment and Traps. The Assignment tells the story of a woman filmmaker investigating a mysterious murder in an unnamed Arab country and has been hailed by Sven Birkerts as “a parable of hell for an age consumed by images.” Traps, meanwhile, is a chilling comic novella about a traveling salesman who agrees to play the role of the defendant in a mock trial among dinner companions—and then pays the ultimate penalty. Dürrenmatt 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.

The Meteor

Author: Friedrich Durrenmatt

Publisher: Dramatic Publishing

ISBN: 9781583424766


Page: N.A

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The Inspector Barlach Mysteries

The Judge and His Hangman and Suspicion

Author: Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022653071X

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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This volume offers bracing new translations of two precursors to the modern detective novel by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, whose genre-bending mysteries recall the work of Alain Robbe-Grillet and anticipate the postmodern fictions of Paul Auster and other contemporary neo-noir novelists. Both mysteries follow Inspector Barlach as he moves through worlds in which the distinction between crime and justice seems to have vanished. In The Judge and His Hangman, Barlach forgoes the arrest of a murderer in order to manipulate him into killing another, more elusive criminal. And in Suspicion, Barlach pursues a former Nazi doctor by checking into his clinic with the hope of forcing him to reveal himself. The result is two thrillers that bring existential philosophy and the detective genre into dazzling convergence.


Author: Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Publisher: Pushkin Press

ISBN: 1782273522

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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Inspector Barlach has a year to live, but he's not going quietly When Inspector Barlach notices that a successful Swiss surgeon bears a striking resemblance to an infamous Nazi war criminal, a suspicion begins to gnaw away at him - could they be one and the same person? Determined to expose the monster behind the surgeon's mask, the ailing inspector checks himself into the doctor's exclusive clinic. But all does not go to plan, and soon Barlach realizes that he is at the mercy of his own prey. Will he find a way out before it's too late? Suspicion is a dark mystery about a dying man's struggle to destroy a wickedness lurking in plain sight. Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990) was a Swiss author and dramatist, most famous for his plays The Visit and The Physicists, which earned him a reputation as one of the greatest playwrights in the German language. He also wrote four highly regarded crime novels - The Pledge, The Judge and His Hangman, Suspicion and The Execution of Justice, all of which will be published by Pushkin Vertigo.

The Visit

A Play in Three Acts

Author: Friedrich Dürrenmatt,Maurice Valency

Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.

ISBN: 9780573617546

Category: Drama

Page: 115

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An older woman who became rich over her life returns to the town of her youth with a dreadful bargain: She wants the townspeople to kill the man who jilted her in exchange for enough money to revitalize the town.

Das Versprechen

Author: Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Publisher: New York : New American Library


Category: Detective and mystery stories, German

Page: 183

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A detective, unsatisfied with a suspect's confession to the murder of a little girl, tries to use another girl as bait to catch the killer.

The theatre of Friedrich Dürrenmatt

a study in the possibility of freedom

Author: Kenneth S. Whitton

Publisher: O. Wolff ; Atlantic Highlands, N.J. : Humanities Press

ISBN: 9780854960729

Category: Liberty in literature

Page: 242

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Author: Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Publisher: N.A


Category: German fiction

Page: 114

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Author: Friedrich Durrenmatt,Gore Vidal

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

ISBN: 9780822209614

Category: Drama

Page: 79

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THE STORY: The NY Journal American described the play this way: The authors have installed Romulus, last of the Roman Emperors, in a creaky villa on the outskirts of Rome in the year 476 A.D. The barbaric Goths, storming in from the North, are bea