Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Swiss author and dramatist

1921   -   1990

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

Friedrich Dürrenmatt (German: [ˈfriːdrɪç ˈdʏrənˌmat]; 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.
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