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The Visit by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

The Visit (1956)

by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

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There’s a lurid whisper of dread in The Visit. Elements of Bergman’s Summer With Monika find themselves in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. We only need the onion choppers from Die Blechtrommel.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this play but was pleasantly surprised. The author has a measured grasp of a simple proud populace concealing an atrocity. The hypocrisy of station exculpates but only to a degree. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
  OberlinSWAP | Jul 20, 2015 |
  kutheatre | Jun 4, 2015 |
Great play. I performed this in college, and while the acting edition uses Maurice Valency's translation, I actually prefer this one. Patrick Bowles' faithful and sensitive translation from the original German provides a more dramatic voice for this outstanding Swiss play. ( )
  BLyda97112 | Jan 1, 2011 |
I read this while at school and never really understood it. The world is much more materialistic and greed driven now. The Visit is now so much easier to understand.
  jon1lambert | Aug 4, 2009 |
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Dürrenmatt, FriedrichAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Agee, JoelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bowles, PatrickTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Valency, MauriceAdaptersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Die 'Gudrun', Hamburg-Neapel.
Translator's Foreword:  A translator's task is to render another person's ideas into acceptable language, and his aim is to find some equivalent to the original unity of thought and speech.
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Dürrenmatt once wrote of himself: “I can best be understood if one grasps grotesqueness,” and The Visit is a consummate, alarming Dürrenmatt blend of hilarity, horror, and vertigo. The play takes place “somewhere in Central Europe” and tells of an elderly millionairess who, merely on the promise of her millions, swiftly turns a depressed area into a boom town. But the condition attached to her largesse, which the locals learn of only after they are enmeshed, is murder. Dürrenmatt has fashioned a macabre and entertaining parable that is a scathing indictment of the power of greed.

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An elderly millionairesse returns to her home town and turns what has been a depressed area into a boom town. Soon the townspeople realize they have become enmeshed in her vengeful plot: murder.

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