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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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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.

Books By Author Friedrich Durrenmatt

Pledge by Friedrich Durrenmatt

The Pledge

Paperback, January 2017
Besuch der Alten Dame by Friedrich Durrenmatt

Der Besuch der Alten Dame

Hardback, August 2015
Selected Essays by Friedrich Durrenmatt

Selected Essays

Hardback, January 2014
Correspondence by Friedrich Durrenmatt


Hardback, January 2012