Max Frisch: Mein Name sei Gantenbein [A Wilderness of Mirrors]

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  • Judith Ricker-Abderhalden

In the vast corpus of Max Frisch, the most celebrated Swiss writer of the twentieth century, Mein Name sei Gantenbein [A Wilderness of Mirrors, 1964] is one of only two texts subtitled “Roman” or “novel” by the author. Gantenbein continues to explore the uneasy fascination with problems of personal identity characteristic of much of this corpus in general, and radically extends the device of the unreliable narrator introduced in the earlier novel Stiller [I’m not Stiller, 1954]. Together with its counterpart for the stage, Biografie: Ein Spiel [Biography: A Game, 1967]…

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Ricker-Abderhalden, Judith. "Mein Name sei Gantenbein". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 January 2007
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