Max Frisch

Literature professor Michael Butler, in his essay “Identity and authenticity in postwar Swiss and Austrian novels”, wrote that Gantenbein marks a different direction in Frisch’s writing, as it “possesses a postmodern playfulness” instead of “the serious irony of its predecessors”. Butler wrote: “Scepticism towards the traditional claim of language to structure the world is now seen not as a threat to identity but as liberating the ego from premature restriction. The very creativity involved in constructing stories that can be on ‘like clothes’ is itself perceived as evidence of an authentic connection with life. … What appeared to begin as a postmodern exercise in narrative irony turns into the acknowledgement that happiness can only be won within the confines of empirical reality.”

ISBN: 978-9939-76-591-4
Pages: 464
Cover: Hard
Format: 12.5×20

Published by “Antares“, 2020