Author: Max Frisch
Publisher: Tin House Books
Max Frisch's candid story of his affair with a young woman illuminates a lifetime of relationships. Casting himself as both subject and observer, Frisch reflects on his marriages, children, friendships, and careers; a holiday weekend in Long Island is a trigger to recount and question events and aspects of his own life, along with creeping fears of mortality. He paints a bittersweet portrait that is sometimes painful and sometimes humorous, but always affecting. Emotionally raw and formally innovative, Frisch’s novel collapses the distinction between art and life, but leaves the reader with a richer understanding of both.
Perspectives on Max Frisch
Author: Gerhard F. Probst, Jay F. Bodine
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Max Frisch, with his countryman Friederich Diirrenmatt, shares the place of eminence in contemporary Swiss literature. Indeed, he ranks high among the recent leading writers in the German language. But, although several of his works -- novels and plays -- have been translated into English, he remains little known in America. In this collection of essays an international group of scholars provides a fresh introduction to this noted author. The three leading essays review Frisch's work in the forms he has used most extensively -- drama, narrative fiction, and the personal diary. The remaining nine essays focus on specific works or topics. Among the works examined are I'm Not Stiller, A Wilderness of Mirrors, Wilhelm Tell, and the recent Man in the Holocene. Among the topics are Frisch's use of language and images, his treatment of women, and the element of parody. Concluding the volume is the most complete bibliography on Frisch to appear in English to date.
Author: Max Frisch
Man in the Holocene
Author: Max Frisch, Geoffrey Skelton
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
"A luminous parable . . . A masterpiece." The New York Times
Reinheit als Differenz
Author: Lukas Schmid
Publisher: Chronos Verlag
This study investigates the early stories of Max Frisch, previously researched only minimally from a literary standpoint, in particular his first novel, "Jürg Reinhart," "Eine sommerliche Schicksalsfahrt" (1934), the longer story "Antwort aus der Stille" (1937), as well as the sequel to the Reinhart story, "J'adore ce qui me brûle oder Die Schwierigen." It uses previously unknown sources to reconstruct the creative origins of these works. Deploying an appropriate discursive analysis, this book employs analytical techniques from gender and postcolonial studies to deconstruct issues of ethnicity, nationalism, gender, and class. The three texts, and their use of identity and alterity constructs are contextualized within the contested zone of "purity" and "difference" and relevant fields of discourse. "Antwort aus der Stille" is situated within Alpine discourse, including its nationalistic, gender-political and sexist extensions, "Jürg Reinhart" in anti-Semitic, Orientalist, Slavic and Balkan discourse, and "J'adore ce qui me brûle" in contemporary discourse of emancipation and gender issues, and most especially in the discourse of eugenics and its Social Darwinist implications.