Max Frisch

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  • Gerhard P. Knapp (University of Utah)

During the twentieth century, German-speaking Switzerland produced numerous writers who became famous far beyond her borders. Among those Max Frisch, prolific novelist, playwright and diarist, ranks high in international acclaim. His texts have been translated into many languages, and his plays remain in the repertoire of theaters around the globe to this day. Frisch’s œuvre has long become part of the modernist “canon” for students of literature on all continents. There is a vast number of critical studies on this œuvre, and the scholarly debate is ongoing. Yet it is difficult to find facile explanations for the staggering success of Frisch’s texts with an incredibly diverse readership. Frisch was neither as flamboyantly …

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Knapp, Gerhard P.. "Max Frisch". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 November 2003
[, accessed 26 September 2016.]

Articles on Frisch's works

  1. Andorra: Stück in zwöf Bildern [Andorra: A Play in Twelve Scenes]
  2. Biedermann und die Brandstifter: Ein Lehrstück ohne Lehre [Biedermann and the Firebugs: A Morality Play without a Moral]
  3. Biografie: Ein Spiel [Biography: A Game]
  4. Der Mensch erscheint im Holozän [Man in the Holocene]
  5. Homo faber
  6. Mein Name sei Gantenbein [A Wilderness of Mirrors]
  7. Montauk
  8. Stiller [I'm not Stiller]
  9. Tagebuch 1946-1949 [Diary 1946-1949]
  10. Tagebuch 1966-1971 [Diary 1966-1971]