Fritz Zorn





Fritz Zorn

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born
in Meilen, Switzerland
April 10, 1944

died
November 02, 1976

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Angst is best known for his autobiograpical essay Mars (1976), which was published under the pseudonym of Fritz Zorn after his death from cancer. It describes and sharply criticizes his upbringing, parents, and environment in one of the most wealthy lakeshore neighborhoods of Zurich, Switzerland. It has been made into a comic book and a play.


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Mars
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“Whatever exists is inevitably flawed. Buddha, in his detachment from the world, finds all its hustle and bustle ridiculous because he has nothing to do with it. A cynic finds the feelings of his fellow human beings ridiculous because he has no feelings himself. Someone who does not play soccer thinks it ridiculous to chase around after a little leather ball for hours at a time. He doesn't bother to ask whether this game might be a lot of fun. All he sees is the ridiculousness of grown men playing like little boys. People who do anything will no doubt appear ridiculous to people who do nothing. A person who acts can always make a fool of himself. A person who doesn't never runs that risk. We might even say that life is always ridiculous but death is never ridiculous.”
Fritz Zorn, Mars

“La gêne que me donnait ce manque de lien entre mon corps et la nature s'exprimait par une pudeur exagérée. Non seulement les expressions franchement dégoûtantes ne passaient pas mes lèvres mais les réalités du corps les plus anodines m'inspiraient de la honte et du dégoût. Même des mots comme "poitrine", "nu", "parties", j'avais du mal à les prononcer ; avec la pruderie victorienne héritée de mon milieu, j'évitais même de parler de "jambe" et de "pantalon". Même le mot "corps" était tabou ; même le mot désignant l'ensemble de ce qui m'épouvantait ne devait pas être prononcé. Mais la plus grande honte, je l'éprouvais devant ma propre nudité. (p. 85)”
Fritz Zorn, Mars

“Comme il est dit dans la fable du renard et des raisins : celui à qui il est trop difficile d'atteindre quelque chose dit volontiers qu'au fond il n'en a aucune envie. (p. 105)”
Fritz Zorn, Mars