Assignment by Friedrich Durrenmatt
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By Friedrich Durrenmatt

The Assignment

Or, on the Observing of the Observer of the Observed

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Assignment by Friedrich Durrenmatt

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In Friedrich Durrenmatt's experimental thriller "The Assignment", the wife of a psychiatrist has been raped and killed near a desert ruin in North Africa. Her husband hires a woman named F. to reconstruct the unsolved crime in a documentary film. F. is soon thrust into a paranoid world of international espionage where everyone is watched - including the watchers. After discovering a recent photograph of the supposed murder victim happily reunited with her husband, F. becomes trapped in an apocalyptic landscape riddled with political intrigue, crimes of mistaken identity, and terrorism.F.'s labyrinthine quest for the truth is Durrenmatt's fictionalized warning against the dangers of a technologically advanced society that turns everyday life into one of constant scrutiny. Joel Agee's elegant translation will introduce a generation of English-speaking readers to a master of language, suspense, and dystopia.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226174464
ISBN-10: 0226174468
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 136mm x 13mm)
Pages: 138
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 7-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Friedrich Durrenmatt was one of the most important literary figures of the twentieth century, a talent on par with Samuel Beckett, Albert Camus, and Bertolt Brecht. Gathered from throughout his long career, this book includes his essays that are by turns playful and polemical, poetic and provocative, mordantly comical and deadly serious.

Correspondence by Friedrich Durrenmatt Correspondence, Hardback (January 2012)

Together Max Frisch and Friedrich Durrenmatt are not only two of the most esteemed Swiss writers of the twentieth century, but arguably two of the most important European writers since World War II. This title collects the letters that document their unique, unlikely, and extraordinary friendship.

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Author Biography - Friedrich Durrenmatt

Friedrich Durrenmatt (1921-90) is the author of several books published by the University of Chicago Press, including The Pledge. Joel Agee has translated numerous German authors into English, including Heinrich von Kleist, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Elias Canetti. In 2005 he received the Modern Language Association's Lois Roth Award for his translation of Hans Erich Nossack's The End: Hamburg 1943.

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