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Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921 – 1990) was born in Konolfingen near Berne as the son of a protestant minister. He studied philosophy, German literature and history of art in Berne and Zurich and worked as a playwright, novelist, essayist and painter in Neuchâtel, where he lived with his family.

Movie Adaptations
  • Im Labyrinth / Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Der kritische Geist der Schweiz, Sabine Gisiger, 2015
  • Schurkenstück, Torsten C. Fischer, 2010
  • Der Besuch der alten Dame, Nikolaus Leytner, 2008
  • The Pledge, Sean Penn, 2001
  • Es geschah am hellichten Tag, Nico Hofmann, 1997
  • Es geschah am hellichten Tag, Bernd Eichinger, 1996
  • Tod im kalten Morgenlicht, Rudolf van den Berg, 1995
  • Der Wiedertäufer, Heinirich Koch, 1994
  • In the Cold Light of Day, Rudolf van den Berg, 1994
  • Justiz, Hans Werner Geißendörfer, 1993
  • Hyènes, Djibril diop Mamberty, 1992
  • Hyänen / Hyènes, Ramatou, Djibril diop Mamberty, 1992
  • Die Welt ist ein Irrenhaus: Achterloo IV, Roman Brodman, 1989
  • Achterloo, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, 1988
  • Abendstunde im Spätherbst, August Everding, 1988
  • Der Besuch der alten Dame, Max Peter Ammann, 1982
  • Der Besuch der alten Dame, Max Peter Ammann, 1982
  • Der Richter und sein Henker, Maximilian Schell, 1975
  • Der Mitmacher, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, 1974
  • Der Besuch der alten Dame, Hans/Cella Gaugler/Ettore, 1973
  • Der Wiedertäufer, Werner Schlechte, 1973
  • La piu bella serata della mia vita, Ettore Scola, 1972
  • König Johann, Vaclav Hudcek, 1971
  • Porträt eines Planeten, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, 1971
  • Frank V. Opfer einer Privatbank, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, 1967
  • Der Meteor, Leopold Lindtberg, 1967
  • Grieche sucht Griechin, Rolf Thiele, 1966
  • Romulus der Große , Helmut Käutner, 1965
  • Ein Engel kommt nach Babylon, William Dieterle, 1964
  • Die Physiker, Fritz Umgelter, 1964
  • The Visit, Bernhard Wicki, 1963
  • Die Ehe des Herrn Mississippi, Kurt Hoffmann, 1961
  • Abendstunde im Spätherbst, Rudolf Noelte, 1960
  • Der Besuch der alten Dame, Ludwig Cremer, 1959
  • Es geschah am hellichten Tag, Ladislao Vajda, 1958
  • Der Richter und sein Henker, Franz Peter Wirth, 1957
  • Die Panne, Fritz Umgelter, 1957
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»Dürrenmatt has always been too impulsive for his times but the chaotic world has quickly caught up with him. That's why his work will last. The purifying force of his irony becomes the more important and useful – particularly because it is driven by the profound humanity that Dürrenmatt's friends always knew in him.«
Peter Brook
»One of Europe's most important postwar dramatists.«
The Daily Telegraph, London
»Even after the death of its author, his huge and unique work is still a dark continent, largely unilluminated and untested, a continent in motion, always good for intellectual surprises and dramatic adventures.«
Gert Ueding

»One of the greatest writers of our century.«

Corriere della Sera, Milan

»Dürrenmatt was addressing the real crowd assembled in real theaters with all their swiftly changing feelings, their ignorance, bad habits and vaulting possibilities. At the same time he was a philosopher-poet with one eye on the picture of the real, on artifice, and on the long preoccupations of philosophy and art through the ages.«

Arthur Miller

»Now, like an avalanche in far-off mountains, comes Friedrich Dürrenmatt, a detective-story writer with a genius for the theater, to give us a new theme, or rather to remind us of an ancient one: justice. His vision is a cold one but pure, and very nearly unique in our day, for in his devotion to the idea of justice he has succeeded in casting across an age committed to false Love the dark shadow of the scales.«

Gore Vidal

»It was once observed by Oscar Wilde that a writer should be able to write anything. Mr. Dürrenmatt meets Wilde's requirement. He adopts a manner well liked by some of our better writers, that of a Roman of the later Empire, a golden weariness. Mr. Dürrenmatt chooses compression of style and strictness of form, but the late Imperial feeling is still there.«

Saul Bellow

»Next to Kafka and Camus, he is one of the great questioners of this world.«

Martin Ebel / Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich

»Friedrich Dürrenmatt belonged to the most cheerful apocalyptic writers of the 20th century.«

Thomas Hürlimann / Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zurich

»Universal, uncomfortable and visionary: Friedrich Dürrenmatt is the worthy reigning literary monarch of the year.«

Wener Krause / Kleine Zeitung, Graz

»He is evil, he doesn't think anything good of humanity, and he describes this – but he does it with wit.«

Elke Heidenreich / SRF2, Zurich

»Friedrich Dürrenmatt is a centenial author, because he saw the century that was to follow him too.«

Daniele Muscionico / Aargauer Zeitung, Aarau
»Dürrenmatt has always been too impulsive for his times but the chaotic world has quickly caught up with him. That's why his work will last. The purifying force of his irony becomes the more important and useful – particularly because it is driven by the profound humanity that Dürrenmatt's friends always knew in him.«
Peter Brook
»One of Europe's most important postwar dramatists.«
The Daily Telegraph, London
»Even after the death of its author, his huge and unique work is still a dark continent, largely unilluminated and untested, a continent in motion, always good for intellectual surprises and dramatic adventures.«
Gert Ueding

»One of the greatest writers of our century.«

Corriere della Sera, Milan

»Dürrenmatt was addressing the real crowd assembled in real theaters with all their swiftly changing feelings, their ignorance, bad habits and vaulting possibilities. At the same time he was a philosopher-poet with one eye on the picture of the real, on artifice, and on the long preoccupations of philosophy and art through the ages.«

Arthur Miller

»Now, like an avalanche in far-off mountains, comes Friedrich Dürrenmatt, a detective-story writer with a genius for the theater, to give us a new theme, or rather to remind us of an ancient one: justice. His vision is a cold one but pure, and very nearly unique in our day, for in his devotion to the idea of justice he has succeeded in casting across an age committed to false Love the dark shadow of the scales.«

Gore Vidal

»It was once observed by Oscar Wilde that a writer should be able to write anything. Mr. Dürrenmatt meets Wilde's requirement. He adopts a manner well liked by some of our better writers, that of a Roman of the later Empire, a golden weariness. Mr. Dürrenmatt chooses compression of style and strictness of form, but the late Imperial feeling is still there.«

Saul Bellow

»Next to Kafka and Camus, he is one of the great questioners of this world.«

Martin Ebel / Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich

»Friedrich Dürrenmatt belonged to the most cheerful apocalyptic writers of the 20th century.«

Thomas Hürlimann / Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zurich

»Universal, uncomfortable and visionary: Friedrich Dürrenmatt is the worthy reigning literary monarch of the year.«

Wener Krause / Kleine Zeitung, Graz

»He is evil, he doesn't think anything good of humanity, and he describes this – but he does it with wit.«

Elke Heidenreich / SRF2, Zurich

»Friedrich Dürrenmatt is a centenial author, because he saw the century that was to follow him too.«

Daniele Muscionico / Aargauer Zeitung, Aarau
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Der Verdacht
Das Versprechen
Der Richter und sein Henker
Drei Kriminalromane
Labyrinth
Der Auftrag
Der Hund / Der Tunnel
Minotaurus
Die Physiker
Die Physiker