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Grieche sucht Griechin

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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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Matt
May 14, 2016 Matt rated it really liked it

An unremarkable sub-accounting clerk in the obstetrical forceps division of a large company (which also delivers atomcannons) wins the most beautiful woman of the capital to his bride, makes career over night, and becomes member of the ecclesiastical council of the newoldprespyterian church of the penultimate Christians. How can that happen?

This is a wonderful satire that leans out far into the area of the absurd. Even the great Kurt Vonnegut could get something out this story. Definitely worth
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Edith
Sep 08, 2016 Edith rated it really liked it
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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Pagulane
Jan 10, 2015 Pagulane rated it liked it
Sartre’i jätkuks sai Dürrenmatti „Kreeklane otsib kreeklannat“, mis jutustab Arnolph Archilochose lausa avantüristlikku seiklust, pea sama muinasjutuline kui Meistri ja Margarita ulmad. Vastupidiselt Sartre ülimale negativimile inimese suhtes, põlates ta täielikult, otsib Dürrenmatt seda allesjäänud inimlikkust, viimaseid riismeid sellest. Archilochos kaitseb süüdistajate eest oma venna perekonna au ja väärtust: „Peab nägema tuuma, madam Bieler,“ ütles ta, „ja see tuum on hea. Igal inimesel. Väl ...more
Guido
Aug 11, 2014 Guido rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Jul 27, 2011 Scout Finch rated it really liked it
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
May 20, 2011 Pat Gerber-Relf rated it it was amazing
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.
Lukáš Palán
Jun 07, 2015 Lukáš Palán rated it really liked it
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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.
Ariadna73
Jan 26, 2012 Ariadna73 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Maria Beltrami
Qual'è la forza della virtù?
Qual'è la forza dell'amore?
E' più facile sopportare un eccesso di fortuna o un eccesso di sfortuna, e, soprattutto, c'è più moralità nella fortuna o nella sfortuna?
Una deliziosa commedia degli equivoci.
Dave Riese
A satire which has some humorous situations. I was hoping for a more traditional Duerrenmatt novel of mystery and suspense. Still reading it.
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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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