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Der Besuch der alten Dame (original 1956; edition 1985)

by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

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The full German text of D¿rrenmatt's play is accompanied by German-English vocabulary. Notes and a detailed introduction in English put the work in its social and historical context.
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Title:Der Besuch der alten Dame
Authors:Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Info:Diogenes Verlag AG (1985), Edition: N.-A., Taschenbuch, 152 pages
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The Visit by Friedrich Dürrenmatt (Author) (1956)

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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 |
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  OberlinSWAP | Jul 20, 2015 |
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  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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