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Swiss Literature Thread

Now, I've dabbled a bit in Swiss literature and I've only recently gotten to appreciate Franz Hohler's craft. I just finished "Da wo ich wohne" and I find it interesting, how his depiction of Switzerland at the time when the book was written, coincides with the Switzerland of today.

I'd like to use this thread to engage in discussions about Swiss authors or books and possibly exchange ideas for possible next titles/authors to read.
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Re: Swiss Literature Thread

I really enjoyed the crime novels of Petra Ivanov, which are set in Zürich.

I especially like the Flint / Cavalli series, but the other ones are supposed to be good as well. Regina Flint is a DA (Stattsanwalt) and Bruno Cavalli is a policeman. They have a complicated background and are thrown together solving crimes which take place in Zürich and sometimes further away. The background characters have been spun off into their own books.
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Old 07.07.2020, 08:20
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Re: Swiss Literature Thread

Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Not exactly a secret tip, but probably the most read Swiss author of the last century.
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Old 07.07.2020, 08:44
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Re: Swiss Literature Thread

Max Frisch, not a secret tip either but I enjoyed his books.


Less known, Gottfried Keller
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Old 07.07.2020, 09:09
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Max Frisch, not a secret tip either but I enjoyed his books.
'I'm Not Stiller' is one of my all time favorites.

Another Swiss author I enjoy is Arno Camenisch:
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture...%20expressions.

The Alp, Behind the Station, Last Last Orders - a trilogy - are particularly good.

(Ja, I still prefer to read for pleasure in English translation. But you might find the original German more rewarding.)
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Now, I've dabbled a bit in Swiss literature and I've only recently gotten to appreciate Franz Hohler's craft. I just finished "Da wo ich wohne" and I find it interesting, how his depiction of Switzerland at the time when the book was written, coincides with the Switzerland of today.

I'd like to use this thread to engage in discussions about Swiss authors or books and possibly exchange ideas for possible next titles/authors to read.

great idea, the first thing that popped in my head was






but i do want to learn more about swiss authors and i think even children's folklore, tales, poetry also interest me (for those who are still learning german and swiss german)
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Re: Swiss Literature Thread

I also like Alex Capus' writing, albeit a bit one dimensional but he does manage to draw a very vivid image of his hometown with everyday trials and tribulations.

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Re: Swiss Literature Thread

I agree with the Dürrenmatt suggestion.

Not exactly a secret, but very amusing and profoundly philosophical at the same time, taking an often tongue-in-cheek poke at Swiss society, or the absurdity of life in general.

Max Frisch I sometimes find to be long-winded, taking too long to get to the point. But some of his shorter works are recommendable. And despite their age still very applicable in our times.
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Old 07.07.2020, 16:07
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I agree with the Dürrenmatt suggestion.

Not exactly a secret, but very amusing and profoundly philosophical at the same time, taking an often tongue-in-cheek poke at Swiss society, or the absurdity of life in general.

Max Frisch I sometimes find to be long-winded, taking too long to get to the point. But some of his shorter works are recommendable. And despite their age still very applicable in our times.
I'm not familiar with Max Frisch but taking into consieration my aforementioned statement of Franz Hohler it may underline the stability or possibly the lack of dynamics in Swiss society.
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Old 07.07.2020, 19:17
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I'm not familiar with Max Frisch but taking into consieration my aforementioned statement of Franz Hohler it may underline the stability or possibly the lack of dynamics in Swiss society.
Einstein supposedly said, when once asked if he were to learn that the world would end tomorrow, that he's go back to Switzerland because everything happens 20 years later there.

So this concept of everything being seemingly static is not just a recent thing.

And it is just an illusion I think, as I have seen many changes, trends and developments over the years that I've spent here, some of them quite fundamental. Some for the better and some for the worse. But the place still never lost that overarching feeling that deep down underneath things doesn't really change. I wonder what causes it? Maybe something to do with the intersection between old-style protestantism and democracy.
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Old 07.07.2020, 19:31
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Re: Swiss Literature Thread

The only Swiss author I've read is Hesse.

He is buried within spitting distance of my wife's family (three graves over, other side of the path).



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The only Swiss author I've read is Hesse.

He is buried within spitting distance of my wife's family (three graves over, other side of the path).

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Thank you Tom for posting Herman Hesse's grave. That was precisely what I was looking for when I first started the thread.
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Thank you Tom for posting Herman Hesse's grave. That was precisely what I was looking for when I first started the thread.
We have plenty more!

The Hermann Hesse trail even runs along the border of my wife's former property!

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We have plenty more!

The Hermann Hesse trail even runs along the border of my wife's former property!

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That is fabulous. Now, would it be too much to ask to return back on topic? Not that you're wife's family tree, the bordering Herman Hesse trail or even Stalin's China in your kitchen cupboard are not interesting topics, by all means. I would however prefer to discuss Swiss literature on this here thread. Thank you for your understanding.
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Re: Swiss Literature Thread

Great thread; has given me some books to follow up. I just love this critique of Switzerland by Dürrenmatt:

http://www.juerg-buergi.ch/resources...uerrenmatt.pdf
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That is fabulous. Now, would it be too much to ask to return back on topic? Not that you're wife's family tree, the bordering Herman Hesse trail or even Stalin's China in your kitchen cupboard are not interesting topics, by all means. I would however prefer to discuss Swiss literature on this here thread. Thank you for your understanding.
Well, my wife's great grandfather came her as a political refugee from what was then Russia, but is now Poland, and was eingebürgert in 1873 by some wannabe Swiss poet/writer named Gottfried Keller who payed the rent doing functionary BS as a "Staatsschreiber", perhaps you've heard of him?

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Re: Swiss Literature Thread

I found Eveline Hasler's Ibicaba very moving. She describes the dire situation of Swiss people who had moved out of desperate povery to Brazil, having been told that they would be indentured labourers for a season, and thereby acquire land in their own names. When they got there, they were, however, kept as slaves, under dreadful conditions. The novel is fictionalised based on good research, and describes the steps that helped those people to regain their freedom.

https://books.google.ch/books?id=RrQ...nglish&f=false
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Re: Swiss Literature Thread

Here's a very impressive collection of information on Swiss literature, giving an historical overview.
http://literature.all-about-switzerl...rs-german.html
It's on an website I'd not yet discovered, packed with other information about Switzerland, too, built by http://photos.all-about-switzerland.info/u/imprint.html.

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Well, my wife's great grandfather came her as a political refugee from what was then Russia, but is now Poland, and was eingebürgert in 1873 by some wannabe Swiss poet/writer named Gottfried Keller who payed the rent doing functionary BS as a "Staatsschreiber", perhaps you've heard of him?

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Nah, doesn't ring a bell. What's his Instagram account?

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I found Eveline Hasler's Ibicaba very moving. She describes the dire situation of Swiss people who had moved out of desperate povery to Brazil, having been told that they would be indentured labourers for a season, and thereby acquire land in their own names. When they got there, they were, however, kept as slaves, under dreadful conditions. The novel is fictionalised based on good research, and describes the steps that helped those people to regain their freedom.

https://books.google.ch/books?id=RrQ...nglish&f=false
I've read a book a few years ago, written by a Swiss author, who depicted a fictionalized story around real Swiss Titanic passengers. It was quite engaging. I'll have to dig through my library to find out the title.

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I've read a book a few years ago, written by a Swiss author, who depicted a fictionalized story around real Swiss Titanic passengers. It was quite engaging. I'll have to dig through my library to find out the title.
Found it. Weggeschwemmt by Reto Stampfli
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