Friedrich Dürrenmatt


Friedrich Dürrenmatt was a German-speaking Swiss playwright and novelist, born in 1921 and died in 1990. He studied Philosophy and History of Art and Literature at the Universities of Bern and Zurich, also dedicating his time to draw and paint, which he abandoned to pursue a literary career. He is the author of parables in which the critique of the contemporary world imposes itself through a tragic and grotesque vision of the human condition. He was a proponent of epic theatre whose plays reflected World War II experiences. He gained most of his fame due to his avant-garde dramas, crime novels, and some macabre satire.
Among his works are Romulus der Grosse (Romulus the Great, 1949), Der Besuch der alten Dame (The Visit of the Old Lady, 1956) and Der Richter und sein Henker (The Judge and His Executioner, 1986).