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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, hierarchisch.
Da geschieht das Wunde
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155 pages
Published 1985 by Diogenes Verlag (first published 1955)
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Edith
When Idols Fail in Reality: Once a Greek by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Abridged version of my review posted on Edith’s Miscellany on 3 January 2014

The 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 num
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Guido
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, finc ...more
Lukáš Palán
Až Vianovsky šílená poetika žene tenhle příběh dopředu jako stádo koní, ale tam kde Vian přidává poslední instanci šílenství, tam Dürrenmat tlačí na základní lidské hodnoty. Hezky se to čte, snadno se rozkóduje mravní ponaučení, ale k hlubšímu zásahu pořád přeci jen knize něco chybí. Přesněji tanky, Jirka Pomeje a anální sex.
Bastet
Mi primer contacto con Friedrich Durrënmatt, de quien sólo conocía su faceta de dramaturgo, fue Griego busca griega, una novela que ataca el orden establecido, lo bien visto y aceptado socialmente, con un humor corrosivo. Arquíloco, un trabajador del montón que de la noche a la mañana asciende a lo más alto de la jerarquía, se gana inmediatamente la simpatía del lector.
Disfruté muchísimo leyéndola y no me canso de recomendarla. Es perfecta para tantear la gran literatura de la mano de este geni
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Scout Finch
Meine Lieblingsaussage:
"Nehmen 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."
Pat Gerber-Relf
Read in original German.
What 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.
Ariadna73
Este es un cuento muy divertido que me hizo reir (es uno de los pocos libros que he comprado) te atrapa de principio a fin; y te preguntas si en el mundo puede haber gente tan... pintoresca. Lo mejor es que la vida te enseña que hay incluso más pintorescos que estos personajes. La recomiendo.
Saskia Watson
Read it in German class. The ending angered me.
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Dürrenmatt was born in the Emmental (canton of Bern), the son of a Protestant pastor. His grandfather Ulrich Dürrenmatt was a conservative politician. The family moved to Bern in 1935. Dürrenmatt began to study philosophy and German language and literature at the University of Zurich in 1941, but moved to the University of Bern after one semester. In 1943 he decided to become an author and dramati ...more
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