Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Die Physiker [The Physicists]

Download PDF Save to Bookshelf Tweet Report an Error
Gerhard P. Knapp (University of Utah)

Friedrich Dürrenmatt completed his “Komödie in zwei Akten” (comedy in two acts) Die Physiker [The Physicists] in 1961. The global annihilation of humanity was an imminent threat: in the wake of the Korean war, the frantic armaments race and increasing belligerence had brought the superpowers to several confrontations (the U-2 incident, the Berlin crisis, the Cuba showdown, the Berlin wall etc.) and to the brink of nuclear Armageddon. In an age obsessed with the invention of ever more devastating weapons of mass destruction, the question of the scientists’ responsibility towards humanity at large was very much in the fore of public discourse, especially since the United States had used atomic bombs in 1945 in Japan w…

1725 words

Citation: Knapp, Gerhard P.. "Die Physiker". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 August 2004 [, accessed 03 February 2023.]

15458 Die Physiker 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.