The Swiss writer Friedrick Durrenmatt (1921-90) was one of the most important literary figures of the second half of the 20th century. His key plays, gathered in this volume explores such themes as guilt by passivity, the refusal of responsibility, and greed and political decay."
Friedrich Durrenmatt was born in 1921 in the village of Konolfingen, near Berne, Switzerland, and was the son of a Protestant minister. During World War II he studied philosophy and literature at the Universities of Berne and Zurich. He wrote prolifically and traveled widely in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, taking particular interest in human rights and the preservation of Israel. Joel Agee has translated numerous German authors into English, including Heinrich von Kleist, Rainer Maria Rilke and Elias Canetti. He is also the author of two memoirs: "Twelve Years: An American Boyhood in East Germany" and "In the House of My Fear." In 2005 he received the Modern Language Association's Lois Roth Award for his translation of Hans Erich Nossack's "The End: ""Hamburg"" 1943." Kenneth J. Northcott is professor emeritus of German at the University of Chicago. He has translated a number of books for the University of Chicago Press. Theodore Ziolkowski is the Class of 1900 Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at Princeton University. He is the author of many books, including "The Mirror of Justice: Literary Reflections of Legal Crises." Brian Evenson is the author of numerous works of fiction, including "Altmann's Tongue," "Dark Property," "Father of Lies," and "The Wavering Knife." He is also director of the Literary Arts Program at Brown University.