From the Berlin Journal

Author:   Max Frisch ,  Thomas Strassle ,  Margit Unser ,  Wieland Hoban
Publisher:   Seagull Books London Ltd
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9780857424334


Pages:   136
Publication Date:   07 July 2017
Format:   Hardback
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Max Frisch (1911 91) was a giant of twentieth-century German literature. When Frisch moved into a new apartment in Berlin's Sarrazinstrasse, he began keeping a journal, which he came to call the Berlin Journal. A few years later, he emphasized in an interview that this was by no means a scribbling book, but rather a book fully composed. The journal is one of the great treasures of Frisch's literary estate, but the author imposed a retention period of twenty years from the date of his death because of the private things he noted in it. From the Berlin Journal now marks the first publication of excerpts from Frisch's journal. Here, the unmistakable Frisch is back, full of doubt, with no illusions, and with a playfully sharp eye for the world. From the Berlin Journal pulls from the years 1946 49 and 1966 71. Observations about the writer's everyday life stand alongside narrative and essayistic texts, as well as finely-drawn portraits of colleagues like Gunter Grass, Uwe Johnson, Wolf Biermann, and Christa Wolf, among others. Its foremost quality, though, is the extraordinary acuity with which Frisch observed political and social conditions in East Germany while living in West Berlin.

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Author:   Max Frisch ,  Thomas Strassle ,  Margit Unser ,  Wieland Hoban
Publisher:   Seagull Books London Ltd
Imprint:   Seagull Books London Ltd
ISBN:  

9780857424334


ISBN 10:   0857424335
Pages:   136
Publication Date:   07 July 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Frisch is remembered for innovative plays and experimental prose on the themes of identity, self-delusion, anti-Semitism, and the clash between cultural heritage and materialism. Frisch moved to Berlin in 1973, and it was there that his increasingly autobiographical writings began to reveal a tormented soul teetering on the brink of self-loathing. . . . The Berlin journal is distinguished by a Kafkaesque combination of real-life events, musings, dreams, distant memories and preliminary sketches. --Times Literary Supplement


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Max Frisch (1911 91) was one of the giants of twentieth-century German literature, achieving fame as a novelist, playwright, diarist, and essayist. He lived primarily in Switzerland. He received many German and international literature prizes, including the Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society. Thomas Strassle is a lecturer in the German department and the department of general and comparative literature at the University of Zurich. Margit Unser is the director of the Max Frisch Archive at ETH-Bibliothek, Zurich. Wieland Hoban is a British composer who lives in Germany. He has translated several works from German, including many by Theodor W. Adorno.

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