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    Love in the RuinsArnolph Archilochos lives in a shabby but entirely orderly Swiss universe defined by icon like photographs of his moral heroes the president the bishop the owner of his firm a fashionable portrait painter the American Ambassador a lawyer various others connected with the Old New Presbyterian Penultimate Christians and his brother Bibi the gangster These photographs are his only possessions The certainties of State Religion Law Art and Family They are all he needs; his devotion to these ideals sustains him One day he is an insignificant particle in the grey stream of humanity The next he is swept off his feet by a beautiful young woman All his moral certainties appear to be confirmed instantly in the presence of this woman who gives to Arnolph a sort of bourgeois respectability for which he has secretly yearned There is an obvious interpretation of such an event It is a fateful gift from the gods Arnolph becomes an inverse of the biblical Job propelled from obscurity to riches But no less confused about his fortune than Job was about the loss of hisDurrenmatt has written a fairy tale set in Geneva but appropriate generally to the modern world After all Geneva is a place where the important institutions of modern life intersect the military NATO religion the Geneva Bible international politics the World Health Organisation industry MNC’s dominate the economy in Geneva and Vaud even terrorism The Geneva Convention of 1937 This world suddenly and mysteriously opens to Arnolph and he rises at remarkable speed in the corporate hierarchy of the Petit Paysan Engineering Works makers of obstetrical forceps and atomic cannons thus serving the world from birth to death it might be said As one of his new minions puts it Like an eagle you soar above the heads of us wonder struck Chief Bookkeepers into the empyreanCloser acuaintance with his moral paragons of course breeds growing contempt for their superiority The head of the firm is a vacuous moron; the bishop smokes and drinks the painter uses nude models; Arnolph's new wealth only serves to further debauch his brother's family And much worse ensues Disillusion is an extreme emotion calling for extreme action even for the most phlegmatic of men What happens when the certainties crumble? Where does the true believer turn? Does clear eyed love overcome history and social convention? Durrenmatt in his typical fashion challenges the presumptions of the 'good life' Perhaps the authentic good life is to be found in the ancient soil of Greece buried under layers of Christian civilisation and middle class prejudice Archilochus after all was the great poet reputed to have promoted the cult of Dionysus in the 7th century BCE Perhaps a modern Archilochus can find similar consolations


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    Nettigkeit auf dem Niveau der Schlagerkomödien aus dieser Ära Jedes Buch hat seine Zeit und viele auch ein Haltbarkeitsdatum Dürrenmatts Prosakomödie ist schon mindestens fünfzig Jahre drüber


  3. says:

    Welch absurd anmutende kleine Geschichte über eine streng gläubige und abstinente Werteordnung die auf die Realität der 50er trifftHerrlich zu lesen spannend und mit wunderbar absurden Szenen Bilder


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    An unremarkable sub accounting clerk in the obstetrical forceps division of a large company which also delivers atomcannons wins the most beautiful woman of the capital to his bride makes career over night and becomes member of the ecclesiastical council of the newoldprespyterian church of the penultimate Christians How can that happen? This is a wonderful satire that leans out far into the area of the absurd Even the great Kurt Vonnegut could get something out this story Definitely worth reading This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License


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    Benim sevdiğim bir tarz Biraz Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitusu tadı var Çok şaşırtıcı ve çok iyi mesajları olan bir kitap Kolay okunuyor


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    An English language translation of my review appears belowDie Hauptfigur führt eine einsame und verarmte Existenz aber mit Anstand Sein ganzes Dasein dreht sich um eine raffinierte sittliche Weltordnung die sich auf die angesehensten Personen der Gesellschaft richtet die er auf den Podest stellt Diese Weltordnung besteht aus hohen Politikern Industriellen Kirchenräten Künstlern und dergleichen Obwohl er bisher in Armut und Anonymität gelebt hat nimmt sein Schicksal eine plötzliche Wendung Auf einmal wird er selbst berühmt und reich Gegen jede Erwartung hat er daher die Gelegenheit die direkte Bekanntschaft von allen diesen ranghohen Persönlichkeiten zu machen die er früher aus der Ferne verehrt hat Das Ergebnis ist niederschmetternd Keiner kommt auch nur annähernd dem Ideal gleich das er sich von ihm vorgestellt hat Auf diese Weise möchte Dürrenmatt uns vor Augen führen wie die Elite genauso moralisch verdorben ist wie die übrige Gesellschaft——The main character leads a lonely and impoverished existence but with decency His entire being revolves around an intricate moral world order oriented toward the most respected people in society whom he places on a pedestal This world order consists of high level politicians industrialists church leaders artists and the like Although he has lived until now in poverty and anonymity his fate takes a sudden turn Suddenly he becomes famous and rich himself Against any expectation therefore he has the opportunity to make the direct acuaintance of all these high ranking personalities whom he has previously revered from a distanceThe result is devastating No one even approximately lives up to the ideal that he had imagined of him In this manner Dürrenmatt would like to demonstrate to us how the elite is just as morally corrupt as the rest of society


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    When Idols Fail in Reality Once a Greek by Friedrich Dürrenmatt Abridged version of my review posted on Edith’s Miscellany on 3 January 2014The satire Once a Greek is set in French speaking Switzerland presumably in the fictitious capital The protagonist called Arnolph Archilochos is a middle aged sub accountant an insignificant underling in one of countless open plan offices of the Machine Factory Petit Paysan plc He’s a very principled and religious man a model of virtue imitating a number of chosen idols who leads a rather ascetic and bleak life One Sunday the hostess of the Chez Auguste where he has his meals convinces him to place a Lonely Heart’s ad in the paper Being of Greek descent he seeks a Greek girl an innocent like himself Beautiful and charming Chloé Saloniki answers to the ad and everybody except Arnolph realizes at first sight that she is a prostitute They agree on getting married uickly and even uicker the collapse of his idyllic view of life as well as the fall of his idols announces itselfThe plot of Once a Greek is absurd the language matter of fact Essentially Friedrich Dürrenmatt satirizes our inclination to idealize the world before our eyes and to simply fade out or mentally alter everything that doesn’t fit in People of rigorous virtue are particularly prone to it if they – like Arnolph – take for granted that others observe the same moral values as themselves But sooner or later everybody has to face reality and to decide how to deal with it In the end unconditional love is all that countsFor me Once a Greek by Friedrich Dürrenmatt has been a uick and interesting read which I enjoyed very much and therefore recommend although the English has been out of print already for a while For the full review please click here to go to my blog Edith’s Miscellany


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    Da tempo non mi divertivo tanto e in modo così interessante Greco cerca greca è una commedia una satira perfettamente riuscita sull'etica dei benpensanti Il protagonista è un modesto impiegato di origini greche il cui piccolo mondo è governato da una rigida gerarchia di personalità che lui ritiene moralmente impeccabili al primo posto il presidente della repubblica al secondo il vescovo poi il proprietario dell'azienda per cui lavora e così via Tutto famiglia chiesa e lavoro finché non mette un annuncio matrimoniale su un giornale e incontra la sconvolgente Cloe Se ualcuno dovesse chiedermi cosa penso non vada nella nostra società un ottimo primo passo sarebbe prestare o semplicemente consigliare uesto breve romanzo di Dürrenmatt in poche pagine contiene numerosi spunti di riflessione e in più è divertente


  9. says:

    Meine LieblingsaussageNehmen Sie dieser Ereignisse ebenso demütig hin wie Sie es tun würden wenn es Unglücksfälle wären Vielleicht haben Sie nun einen besonders schweren Weg zu gehen den Weg des Glücks der nur darum den meisten Menschen nicht auferlegt wird weil sie ihn noch weniger zu begehen wüssten als den Weg des Unglücks welchen wir hienieden in der Regel zu wandeln haben


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    Read in original GermanWhat happens when a Greek only by ancestor looks for a wife but of course she also has to be Greek The answer to the advertisement seems to be the solution to the problem The Greek finds the ideal woman Known by all popular and very attractive but there are problems A book perhaps not typical for Dürrenmat but amusing


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Grieche sucht Griechin

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'Der Grieche' Archilochos der eines Tages der Einsamkeit überdrüssig eine Heiratsanzeige aufgibt ist braver Bürger eines imaginären aber sehr biederen Staatswesens schüchterner Mansardenbewohner und schlechtbesoldeter Unterbuchhalter in einer Maschinenfabrik Vegetarier Abstinenzler seine Welt ist gefestigt pünktlich sittlich hierarchischDa geschieht da Nettigkeit auf dem Niveau der Schlagerkomödien aus dieser Ära Jedes Buch hat seine Zeit und viele auch ein Haltbarkeitsdatum Dürrenmatts Prosakomödie ist schon mindestens fünfzig Jahre drüber

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S Wunder auf jene Anzeige meldet sich ein entzückendes Persönchen und 'Griechin' auch ein reines Märchen an Schönheit und Grazie Und noch wunderbarer dieses hergewehte Traumgebild aus Duft und Kurven ist bereit sich für den Archilochos zu holdester Ehewirklichkeit zu materialisieren Nur er selber weiß es nicht dass sie eine stadtbekannte Kurtisane ist Benim sevdiğim bir tarz Biraz Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitusu tadı var Çok şaşırtıcı ve çok iyi mesajları olan bir kitap Kolay okunuyor

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Eine Fülle skurriler Figuren turnt über die Seiten und erlebt Situationen die von unwiderstehlicher Komik sindDer so gescheite und phantasievolle so witzige wie boshafte Zeitdiagnostiker Dürrenmatt hat hier eine treffend gezielte geistreiche Satire geschrieben die dem schmunzelnden Leser vielleicht einige Züge seines eigenen Daseins widerspiegeln dürfte Da tempo non mi divertivo tanto e in modo così interessante Greco cerca greca è una commedia una satira perfettamente riuscita sull'etica dei benpensanti Il protagonista è un modesto impiegato di origini greche il cui piccolo mondo è governato da una rigida gerarchia di personalità che lui ritiene moralmente impeccabili al primo posto il presidente della repubblica al secondo il vescovo poi il proprietario dell'azienda per cui lavora e così via Tutto famiglia chiesa e lavoro finché non mette un annuncio matrimoniale su un giornale e incontra la sconvolgente Cloe Se ualcuno dovesse chiedermi cosa penso non vada nella nostra società un ottimo primo passo sarebbe prestare o semplicemente consigliare uesto breve romanzo di Dürrenmatt in poche pagine contiene numerosi spunti di riflessione e in più è divertente