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He pull of the no man’s land between reason and madness where Matto the spirit of insanity reignsAddicted to morphine Friedrich Glauser spent much of his life in psychiatric wards and prison He began writing mystery novels while an asylum inmate in 1935. The Swiss writer Friedrich Glauser spent much of his life at one or the other mental institution in Switzerland Amidst his treatments he wrote four novels that were to become classics in European crime fiction In Matto’s Realm is one of them and it is rather good Matto in Italian is the spirit of madness and it appears to rule in an asylum in Bern whence a child murderer escapes and the director is found with a broken neck When the sympathetic sergeant Studer is brought in to cover up the case with the approval strangely enough of his superiors he finds that there are castes and hatreds and religious maniacs and sexual rivalries galore within the institution The blurb says that Studer finds it hard to resist Matto himself finding himself drawn into the ‘no man’s land between reason and madness’ but this is an exaggeration Studer remains warmly analytical throughout even if some of his efforts at resolving the mysteries go awry and an innocent man ends up dead He is shaken by the conseuences of his actions but he is too good a man and detective to ignore the truth This is a slow burning novel of humour and understanding written with intimate knowledge of the world of the insane Glauser has certainly put to good use his own unfortunate experiences

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“Despairing plot about the reality of madness and life leavened with strong doses of bittersweet irony The idiosyncratic investigation and its laconic detective haven’t aged one iota” GuardianA child murderer escapes from a Swiss insane asylum The. Another excellent Sergeant Studer mystery I think Friedrich Glauser is the best mystery writer I have ever read His characters and his ability to set a scene are just amazingThis book also has a lot of thoughts about mental health since it is set in an asylum In this book which was first published in 1937 Glauser infers that Hitler is mentally ill Even though he wasn’t writing in Germany I can’t believe he was able to publish that

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Stakes get higher when Detective Sergeant Studer discovers the director’s body neck broken in the boiler room of the madhouse The intuitive Studer is drawn into the workings of an institution that darkly mirrors the world outside Even he cannot escape t. Friedrich Glauser is a German writer who spent much of his life in psychiatric hospitals before dying at the age of 42 Glauser is also a classic crime novelist and Germany's crime fiction award is called the Glauser Prize In Matto's Realm is part of a series involving Detective Studer this installment taking place in a Swiss psychiatric hospital The director and a patient have gone missing and Studer who has been demoted and disgraced has been sent there to discretely make inuiries The acting director has reuested him personally What Studer walks into is a complicated web of close but not always friendly relationships with each person hiding something none than the enigmatic acting director a psychiatrist who alternates between seemingly sincere friendship and a smiling mask First published in 1936 In Matto's Realm shows the living and working conditions in a supposedly modern institution Glauser also says uite a lot about the difficulty the ordinary working man had in just making ends meet and how that was often an insurmountable task He has great sympathy for ordinary men broken by circumstance In this the book is interesting and an important memory of the past On the other hand the mystery itself was convoluted and reuired a lengthy explanation at the end of the book which is where most of the action occurs This is a worthwhile book if you're interested in Europe during the interwar years or in the history of the German mystery novel Nonetheless as a crime novel it falls short although there are a few intriguing characters and Glauser writes with real empathy for the people at the bottom of society

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  • Matto regiert
  • Friedrich Glauser
  • English
  • 01 October 2018
  • 9781904738060

About the Author: Friedrich Glauser

Friedrich Glauser 1896 1938 was a German language Swiss writer He was a morphine and opium addict for most of his life In his first novel Gourrama written between 1928 and 1930 he treated his own experiences at the French Foreign Legion The evening before his wedding day he suffered a stroke caused by cerebral infarction and died two days laterFive of the author's books have recently b



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  1. says:

    Yesterday's review below was uite inadeuate I'll leave it since I'm too lazy currently to post a proper one But let me add two points First this book presents an astonishing and astonishingly sober picture of the inner life of a schizophrenic something about which Glauser himself was well informed That he could write with such clarity about his own hallucinatory states is uite amazing 2 The book contains though very subtly a political allegory as Matto's realm is ultimately shown to be or to include Hitler's Germany Despite my criticsm infra this is definitely a book to readThis is an excellent book intelligent moody though it took me about 90 pages to realizes how much it had to offer I actually give it a bit less than 5 stars as I did not like or get as another reviewer also noted the ending

  2. says:

    This is the second GlauserStruder novel I’ve read and with neither was I able to follow the plot This one first published in 1936 portends Hitler and Nazism uite clearly but on the sidelines and is of interest for that contemporaneous note if nothing elseAh But there is something else About halftwo thirds of the way through the book I had the strong impression I was reading Foucauldian theory But it must predate that as Foucault was only 10 years old in 1936 Who is the author over there laughing? Well maybe Foucault read Glauser Foucault did after all have a big interest in medicine and institutions And this novel is all about both of thoseAdd to the mix that Glauser himself was diagnosed schizophrenic and it makes for a really interesting book and then the murder plot is completely irrelevant Or maybe I missed somethingI have a sense that I need to read it again but maybe not straightaway

  3. says:

    Another excellent Sergeant Studer mystery I think Friedrich Glauser is the best mystery writer I have ever read His characters and his ability to set a scene are just amazingThis book also has a lot of thoughts about mental health since it is set in an asylum In this book which was first published in 1937 Glauser infers that Hitler is mentally ill Even though he wasn’t writing in Germany I can’t believe he was able to publish that

  4. says:

    the red rind of an Edam cheese

  5. says:

    Synopsis a child murderer escapes from a Swiss insane asylum and Studer discovers the director’s body Matto the spirit of insanity reigns P 1937

  6. says:

    Friedrich Glauser is a German writer who spent much of his life in psychiatric hospitals before dying at the age of 42 Glauser is also a classic crime novelist and Germany's crime fiction award is called the Glauser Prize In Matto's Realm is part of a series involving Detective Studer this installment taking place in a Swiss psychiatric hospital The director and a patient have gone missing and Studer who has been demoted and disgraced has been sent there to discretely make inuiries The acting director has reuested him personally What Studer walks into is a complicated web of close but not always friendly relationships with each person hiding something none than the enigmatic acting director a psychiatrist who alternates between seemingly sincere friendship and a smiling mask First published in 1936 In Matto's Realm shows the living and working conditions in a supposedly modern institution Glauser also says uite a lot about the difficulty the ordinary working man had in just making ends meet and how that was often an insurmountable task He has great sympathy for ordinary men broken by circumstance In this the book is interesting and an important memory of the past On the other hand the mystery itself was convoluted and reuired a lengthy explanation at the end of the book which is where most of the action occurs This is a worthwhile book if you're interested in Europe during the interwar years or in the history of the German mystery novel Nonetheless as a crime novel it falls short although there are a few intriguing characters and Glauser writes with real empathy for the people at the bottom of society

  7. says:

    The Swiss writer Friedrich Glauser spent much of his life at one or the other mental institution in Switzerland Amidst his treatments he wrote four novels that were to become classics in European crime fiction In Matto’s Realm is one of them and it is rather good Matto in Italian is the spirit of madness and it appears to rule in an asylum in Bern whence a child murderer escapes and the director is found with a broken neck When the sympathetic sergeant Studer is brought in to cover up the case with the approval strangely enough of his superiors he finds that there are castes and hatreds and religious maniacs and sexual rivalries galore within the institution The blurb says that Studer finds it hard to resist Matto himself finding himself drawn into the ‘no man’s land between reason and madness’ but this is an exaggeration Studer remains warmly analytical throughout even if some of his efforts at resolving the mysteries go awry and an innocent man ends up dead He is shaken by the conseuences of his actions but he is too good a man and detective to ignore the truth This is a slow burning novel of humour and understanding written with intimate knowledge of the world of the insane Glauser has certainly put to good use his own unfortunate experiences

  8. says:

    In Matto's Realm takes place in a Swiss mental hospital in the mid 30s The protagonist Sergeant Studer was once a police detective inspector but was fired from his position owing to the machinations of a con man banker Now Studer is a lowly detective sergeant with a bemused and only partly resigned view of lifeHe is called to the mental hospital when the hospital director and a patient disappear on the same night The acting director asked for Studer by name having met him some years earlier The early parts of the novel seem sleepy lethargic almost dream like as Studer adjusts himself to the disturbing surroundingsAs the novel develops you get a sense of why the auther Glauser might be called the German Simenon The Studer character has much of the empathetic character of Maigret He deals with people as people and not merely as witnesses and possible suspects He tries often successfully to understand the motivations of peopleThe novel pulls you in And it keeps you guessing there are a number of surprises on the very last page I'm looking forward to reading the other Glauser novel published by Bitter Lemon Press

  9. says:

    This was a very strange book I somewhat enjoyed it It was interesting to see Glauser's writing style His Forward is interesting His character is a Sergeant with the Bern police dept in a small Swiss town Sergeant Studer is called in to investigate a possible murder of the director of the Randlingen Clinic and the suspect is a patient who's disappeared At times the writing becomes so elaborate and intricate it is hard to follow the Sergeants thoughts and how he is trying to go about his sleuthing Studer is staying at the clinic while he does his investigation which lends to the sometimes convoluted writings and thoughts of Glauser who had spent time in such places during his lifetime I guess it adds a touch of realism There are 4 other books Glauser has writen all using the Sergeant Studer character and they aren't easy to find I would like to try and read them

  10. says:

    This old classic? mystery was set in an insane asylum and involved a doctor who twisted and turned things about making the detective Studer and me very confused The setting was well drawn and as befits the setting I suppose the characters were ambiguous I ended up not uite sure what happened but watching Studer try to figure it out given the interference and misdirection of the doctor was an unusual experience

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