The Most Reliable of Pleasures
Ludwig Hohl (1904-1980) was a philosophical and poetical border crosser who immediately established himself as a writer's writer in such a convincing manner that he has remained so until today. Distinguished colleagues, from Frisch and Dürrenmatt to Canetti, have praised his works, and many of them visited the mysterious genius.
But who could report on Hohl's life more authentically and vividly than Hanny Fries, the renowned paintress and femme de lettres, who met Hohl in 1940 and became his partner for seven years. Werner Morlang has had numerous conversations with Fries that are documented here and complemented with letters, photographs and Fries's impressive portraits of the artist, painted over a course of four decades.
"Other writers have their mistresses. And I have Hohl." (Friedrich Dürrenmatt)