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Friedrich Dürrenmatt


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Friedrich Dürrenmatt (5 January 1921 – 14 December 1990) was a Swiss author and dramatist. He was a proponent of epic theatre whose plays reflected the recent experiences of World War II. The politically active author's work included avant-garde dramas, philosophically deep crime novels, and often macabre satire. Dürrenmatt was a member of the Gruppe Olten. more »

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  • ''A state always calls itself fatherland when it is ready for murder.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act III (1956).
  • ''Rome has betrayed itself. It knew the truth and chose violence, it knew humaneness and it chose tyranny.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist, and trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act III (1956). O...
  • ''So then learn to conquer your fear. This is the only art we have to master nowadays: to look at things without fear, and to fearlessly do right.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist, and trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act III (1956).
  • ''So then learn to conquer your fear. This is the only art we have to master nowadays: to look at things without fear, and to fearlessly do right.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act III (1956).
  • ''Justice is horrible.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act III (1956).
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