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Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Swiss author and dramatist (1921-1990)

1921   -   1990

genre: play, prose
country of citizenship: Switzerland
native language: Swiss German
languages spoken, written or signed: German, Swiss German
educated at: University of Zurich, University of Bern
occupation: playwright, writer, painter, screenwriter, author, poet, graphic artist
award received: Georg Büchner Prize, Schiller Memorial Prize, Schiller prize, Buber-Rosenzweig-Medal, Jean-Paul-Preis, Schillerpreis der Stadt Mannheim, Carl Zuckmayer Medal, Franz-Grillparzer-Preis, Ernst Robert Curtius Award, Austrian State Prize for European Literature

Friedrich Dürrenmatt (German: [ˈfriːdrɪç ˈdʏrənˌmat] (listen); 5 January 1921 – 14 December 1990) was a Swiss author and dramatist. He was a proponent of epic theatre whose plays reflected the recent experiences of World War II. The politically active author's work included avant-garde dramas, philosophical crime novels, and macabre satire. Dürrenmatt was a member of the Gruppe Olten, a group of left-wing Swiss writers who convened regularly at a restaurant in the city of Olten.
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