Max Frisch: Montauk

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  • Judith Ricker-Abderhalden (University of Arkansas)

Montauk (1975) is often regarded as a striking attempt by the twentieth-century Swiss dramatist and novelist Max Frisch to eschew fiction in favor of autobiography.  Following a series of readings he conducted in various U.S. cities in 1974, Frisch describes a weekend spent on the tip of Long Island with a young American woman assigned to him by his American publisher.  He terms the 200-plus page text an “Erzählung” (narrative), but supplies it with so many personal details that readers appear to be obliged to take it as an intimate glimpse into the author's loves past and present, and especially into the experience of aging.  In contrast to its predecessors Mein Name sei …

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Ricker-Abderhalden, Judith. "Montauk". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 April 2006
[, accessed 28 September 2016.]