My Name is Frisch
May 15th 2011 will see the celebration of Max Frisch's centenary birthday. Beatrice von Matt has been considered one of the leading experts on the author's work for several decades and continues to study him in depth to this day. In her collected essays, she also describes her own encounters with Frisch, the last of which - a long farewell interview at the author's invitation - took place shortly before his death.
Few other authors in the German-speaking world have been quite so unequivocally reduced to just a few elements: the feminists of the 80s and 90s saw him as outrageously macho, selfproclaimed Swiss patriots were upset by his criticism of their country, while in schools and the media the debate about Frisch was largely confined to the issue of identity. One of the main aims of this book is to refresh the faded image of the author and re-imbue it with the rich colours boasted by his work. The wonderful storyteller, the astute observer of himself, his times and nature, the expert on dialectic thought with his surprising, frequently witty sleights of hand - these aspects of Frisch are all presented in this highly knowledgeable portrait. Offering an in-depth understanding of the man and his work, this book is without doubt one of the most valuable contributions to his anniversary.