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Reading:
Tuesday, 28.02.2012, 20:20
oh what a night...
«Der Keeper bin ich»
To our english readers: If you're at all able to understand "Hochdeutsch", we highly recommend the reading of Pedro Lenz' "Der Goalie bin ig" and would like to refer you to the German page on this site for much more information.
If you're just somewhat familiar with the idiom, this reading might be a good opportunity to further improve your command of it. Here it should be said that although the book  was written in the vernacular Spoken Swiss German, otherwise known as a dialect, otherwise known and feared as "Schwiizer-duetsch", the Hochdeutsch version of it will be presented and read by the translator (!), Raphael Urweider.
It should also be noted that the said piece of contemporary Swiss literature is a bestseller and won the coveted 2011 Schiller Preis and also  made the short list of the Schweizer Buch Preis in 2010.

While we have your attention, may we present you with our own short list of the most important Swiss writers ever?

In the 19th Century, 3 names stand out above all others:
JEREMIAS GOTTHELF (ne Albert Bitzius, 1797-1854). Numerous, almost gothic tales of Swiss peasant life.
GOTTFRIED KELLER (1819-1890) Perhaps the most genuinely Swiss poet and novelist of the century, and
CONRAD FERDINAND MEYER (1825-1898) Also a poet and novelist, but of more cosmopolitan tastes and outlook, a master of realism.

In the 20th century, 3 names stand out among many:
MAX FRISCH (1911-1991) In his novels, he dealt with the existential aspect of modern life, like individuality, which he championed. He was also critical at times of a Swiss society that idealised itself.
FRIEDRICH DUERRENMATT (1921-1990) Writer and poet, master of satire and the macabre, his plays were performed in the West End and on Broadway.
ROBERT WALSER (1878-1956) Equaled them in importance, if not in fame. Playful, complex and subjective in style, mixing high literature with pulp fiction.
Other names, some of them still writing today, are PETER BICHSEL, ERIKA BURKHART, JUERG FEDERSPIEL, THOMAS HUERLIMANN, ZOE JENNY, CHRISTIAN KRACHT, JUERG LAEDERACH, HUGO LOETSCHER, GERHARD MEIER, ADOLF MUSCHG, PAUL NIZON, PETER STAMM, MARTIN SUTER, PETER WEBER, MARKUS WERNER and URS WIDMER.

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