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3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  226 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
From the author of Man in the Holocene, an examination of the effects of a crime of passion. Translated by Geoffrey Skelton. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 20th 1984 by Mariner Books (first published 1982)
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Feb 22, 2016 notgettingenough rated it really liked it
Over the last few weeks I’ve read The Luzhin Defense, followed by Bluebeard and then Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Originally I was going to write some stuff here about the central characters and compare them with the original Outsider. I was going to say things like this:

Maybe it is a contradiction in terms, to put 3 books about outsiders in the same review, but I can’t stop myself.

We have here a chess player, a doctor who might or might not have murdered a wife and a chickenhead. They a
Aug 19, 2015 Conny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics-fiction
"Blaubart" ist im Original ein französisches Märchen von Charles Perrault, nachzulesen hier:

Max Frischs Blaubart heisst Felix Schaad und wurde verdächtigt, seine Ex-Frau ermordet zu haben, schliesslich aber - aus Mangel an Beweisen - freigesprochen. Der Text ist eine Montage aus innerem Monolog und der Gerichtsverhandlung in Schaads Erinnerung. Sein anschliessender Freispruch bringt ihm jedoch keine Erleichterung; die Frage nach Schuld bleibt allgegenwärt
Feb 17, 2015 Mikee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a powerful tautly written book about guilt and innocence, and how these states can not be decided by anyone outside oneself. Deeply moving.

Two years ago I wrote:
A strange book. A woman is murdered. Her ex-husband is acquitted of the crime. (You find this our at the very beginning). He denies guilt but his memory is cloudy. For the rest of the book he is reliving the trial and all the tawdry details of his life that were brought out. Interesting, but the book is choppy and we get no insig
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Jun 06, 2014 Vanessa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's strange, I mean... it has no "real" conclusion, except your own, so it's a piece of inflection by the idea of playing with different realities in time as the characters "forget" the real reality, or the one that carries the consequence of a murder, so the evasion is just the way to play the reader to make their own conclusion.
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May 28, 2016 Atu Gélovani rated it liked it
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Kein Wort zu viel, kein Bild verschwendet. Eines jener seltenen Bücher, die mich mit einem leisen "wow" ob des Könnens des Autors hinterlassen. Also: wow.
Dec 22, 2007 David rated it really liked it
Creepy, and a bit surreal - in a subtle way for most of the story but forcefully so near the end.
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Jul 29, 2016 Juan de Dios Reyes rated it did not like it
No pude encontrarle la vuelta... En realidad es relativamente fácil la trama, pero nunca pude creer de verdad que un prosecutor actuara así... Nunca me creí que fuesen testimonios de un juicio real y tampoco pude apreciar la "conversión" del protagonista. Definitivamente no me hizo sentido.
Nuka Gambashidze
Jun 17, 2016 Nuka Gambashidze rated it really liked it
Splendid narration and a staggering illustration of one's alienation with self and reality. Pressured by the interpretations of the society, that intrudes with individual's mind and creates anxiety, Sr. Schaad has a scattered perception of happenings, brilliantly narrated by Frisch in a disruptive manner.
Sep 10, 2015 Laurent rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
De frisse verbeelding en de zwierige stijl houden deze roman spijtig genoeg niet staande. Een mineure versie van Robert Pingets superieure 'L'inquisitoire'.
Jan 08, 2016 Stephen rated it liked it
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Minor Frisch, though it grapples with questions familiar to his work: the fragility and faultiness of memory, the flux of identity, and murder.
Nov 03, 2014 Mia rated it liked it
the exact feeling of a heavy hypoglicemian shock.
Jun 17, 2010 Brad rated it liked it
Not one of Frisch's better ones, but like MAN IN THE HOLOCENE, you can finish it in a couple of hours, which is a plus. Basically, the protagonist has been found innocent of the murder of his wife, and his conscience continues to put him on trial.
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Jun 09, 2009 Christa Mcintyre rated it really liked it
Fascinating story of Gilles de Rai, the first documented serial killer. He fought along side Joan of Arc.
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Max Rudolph Frisch was born in 1911 in Zurich; the son of Franz Bruno Frisch (an architect) and Karolina Bettina Frisch (née Wildermuth). After studying at the Realgymnasium in Zurich, he enrolled at the University of Zurich in 1930 and began studying German literature, but had to abandon due to financial problems after the death of his father in 1932. Instead, he started working as a journalist a ...more
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