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If someone is interested in the life and works of Thomas Mann, you can visit the Thomas Mann Archives at the ETH Zurich free of entry. They have recreated his last office and included an amazing collection of his letters, diaries, notebooks and literature he consulted.

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The Magic Mountain (Thomas Mann)


"Set in a tuberculosis sanatorium during the years immediately prior to the Great War, this book is many things: a modernist classic, a traditional bildungsroman, a comedy of manners, an allegory of pre-war bourgeois Europe, and – perhaps most importantly this time of year – the ideal book to keep you company on the long winter nights, when whichever flu bug is doing the rounds has gained the upper hand and forced you into a sneezing retreat to your sickbed."

http://www.theguardian.com/books/201...magic-mountain

Might sound grim but it is beautifully written and offers lots of food for thought.
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"Wilhelm Tell für die Schule" by Max Frisch
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There is an expression 'The gnomes of Zurich ' used to describe bankers, there is also a book by the same name written in the 60s. I found a copy in a brokki very interesting read about Swiss banking and WW1/2, the latter part goes into America's frustration at trying to get money out of Swiss banks to pay for their war efforts. It is almost a parallel to today with American efforts to get everyone to pay for the GFC they created. Interesting also is how banking cartels mimic Swiss cultural respect for boundaries and rules and visa versa.
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"Die Schweiz wäscht weisser" by Jean Ziegler
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Swiss Watching by Diccon Bewes
Swissness by Gianni Haver, Robert Middleton

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Gottfried Keller works are the epitome of Swiss literature: nothing more Swiss (or more precisely German-Swiss) than his short stories. Also Elias Canetti (a nobel prize for literature laureate) left some interesting descriptions on daily life in Zurich during WWI and in the interwar period.
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Just finished l'analphabète by Agota Kristoff.

It's a very short autobiography about her life in Hungary as a child and her subsequent life in Neuchâtel after arriving in Switzerland as a refugee with a baby at the age of 21.
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Interesting - will read. I remember vividly the families that arrived in our village near Neuchâtel after the 1955 uprising - hosted by our Commune. Children arrived at our primary school terrified and not speaking a word of French - just can't remember how long they stayed- but they soon fitted in nicely.
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Diccon Bewes has just published a new book with historical maps with explanation/interpretation- should be really interesting. 'Around Switzerland in 80 maps'.
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Just finished l'analphabète by Agota Kristoff.

It's a very short autobiography about her life in Hungary as a child and her subsequent life in Neuchâtel after arriving in Switzerland as a refugee with a baby at the age of 21.
Agota Kristoff is a favourite of mine. I would also recommend any of the works by Erica Pedretti, another author who arrived as a child refugee from Czechoslovakia (as it was then called) and has lived her life firstly in the Engadin (near Samedan) and settled later in La Neuveville where she still lives. "Valerie oder das unerzogene Auge" was awarded the Ingeborg Bachman prize in '84(?) - other titles are "Engste Heimat", "Mal laut und falsch singen", "Heiliger Sebastian". A few of her books are also "illustrated" with her own drawings.

Irma Rakusa - another arrival from Hungary, her latest work "Mehr Meer" touches on themes that I think many in today's mobile society (whether mobile by choice or need) can relate to re:questions of identity/nationality/"homeland".

Max Frisch - my alltime favourite in "Man in the Holocene" (Der Mensch erscheint im Holozän). Save this for one of those days in summer when the thunder makes the glass in the windows shudder.

And, for some comic relief, this one: "Gar nicht koscher" by Beni Frenkel. I found his accounts of daily life as an orthodox Jew in modern day CH enlightening, amusing and in some way inspiringbooks-clear-swiss-related-content-image.jpg
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I remember reading Agota Kristof and Max Frisch in school. Did a quick search and seems those two are still very popular in education nowadays.
Personally, I really enjoy Kristof, perhaps because I can relate to Agota Kristof and her experience of 'losing' one's language, identity and experiencing ups and downs of starting over to create new paths. She was an amazing lady and it's good to see her work is still being read in schools.
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I remember reading Agota Kristof and Max Frisch in school. Did a quick search and seems those two are still very popular in education nowadays.
Personally, I really enjoy Kristof, perhaps because I can relate to Agota Kristof and her experience of 'losing' one's language, identity and experiencing ups and downs of starting over to create new paths. She was an amazing lady and it's good to see her work is still being read in schools.
I have to admit that I only read the book in the first place because my son had to read it and do an exposé on it at school. I enjoyed it very much and it inspired me to read more of her work, in French because I prefer original versions to translations where possible.
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I am now reading "Swiss Watching: Inside the Land of Milk and Money". It is a sweet read that tells a lot about Switzerland, as seen from the standpoint of an Englishman. Entertaining and humorous.

http://www.dicconbewes.com/about-the...swisswatching/

http://www.amazon.de/Swiss-Watching-...dlocked+Island
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Reading really interesting book on Kindle now, as couldn't get paper copy- about the history of the most famous ever watch-maker, Breguet- who did his apprenticeship in 1761 very near to me. And the story of the fabulous Breguet watch collection, stolen from the Mayer's Museum in Israel, including the most sophisticated watch ever made, for Marie-Antoinette.

John Biggs 'Marie-Antoinette's watch' - a 'must' for anyone interested in the watch industry.
It's free on Kindle today if you are interested.
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It is so obvious we forgot about it: The Final Problem by Arthur Conan Doyle
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That is a short story from the Sherlock Holmes series if I remember correctly. I could share some Switzerland based short stories but perhaps in a separate thread.
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That is a short story from the Sherlock Holmes series if I remember correctly. I could share some Switzerland based short stories but perhaps in a separate thread.
Yes, you are correct, this is where Sherlock Holmes 'dies' at the Reichenbach Falls.

And I for one would love to know more about CH based short stories!
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Reading really interesting book on Kindle now, as couldn't get paper copy- about the history of the most famous ever watch-maker, Breguet- who did his apprenticeship in 1761 very near to me. And the story of the fabulous Breguet watch collection, stolen from the Mayer's Museum in Israel, including the most sophisticated watch ever made, for Marie-Antoinette.

John Biggs 'Marie-Antoinette's watch' - a 'must' for anyone interested in the watch industry.

I keep watching this one
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It is so obvious we forgot about it: The Final Problem by Arthur Conan Doyle
If there are more people interested in short form fiction (along with short and long-form essays, poetry, interviews, book reviews, or art related to Switzerland), I have compiled a short list, free to read online (in no particular order).
NY Times stories are limited to 10 reads, unless you have a subscription. Would be great to hear others' favorite Swiss related written works, or self composed works.
http://granta.com/introduction-11/

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/246802

https://www.guernicamag.com/intervie...rous-language/

http://harpers.org/archive/2010/01/you-got-eyes/


https://www.guernicamag.com/features...elyn-einstein/

http://www.whitewhalereview.com/issu...poetry/pantano

Novel “Rapids” by Swiss Patrick Boltshauser, review: http://www.dalkeyarchive.com/rapids-...t-rte-ireland/

https://apocryphaandabstractions.wor...baltensperger/

http://granta.com/after-silk-road/

https://www.guernicamag.com/daily/st...the-holocaust/

http://the-toast.net/2014/03/12/jewi...ut-of-romania/

https://www.guernicamag.com/poetry/burkart_3_1_12/

https://www.guernicamag.com/poetry/walser_8_1_10/
http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-...ranger-village

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20...eath-treatment

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20...as-for-bamiyan

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/27/ma...here.html?_r=0

http://therumpus.net/2012/08/were-fl...y-peter-stamm/

http://thecollagist.com/the-collagis...circulate.html

http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/fou-p...niele-pantano/


Whipping Boy, by Allen Kurzweil, review: http://entropymag.org/whipping-boy-by-allen-kurzweil/

http://electricliterature.com/my-tim...y-etgar-keret/

http://therumpus.net/2015/12/the-rum...ia-abrahamian/

http://therumpus.net/2015/04/the-sun...ander-essbaum/

http://therumpus.net/2013/09/the-wei...uve-ever-seen/

http://electricliterature.com/the-en...arlie-trotter/

http://gearpatrol.com/2014/01/07/pho...-factory-1936/
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Yes, you are correct, this is where Sherlock Holmes 'dies' at the Reichenbach Falls.
And once you have read this I can recommend a visit to the Falls themselves, where the point at which Sherlock and Moriarty struggled and (spoiler alert) fell to their deaths is marked. The Falls are just outside Meiringen, which also boasts a Sherlock Holmes museum where there is a fabulous recreation of SH's sitting room at 221B Baker Street.
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