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Der Besuch Der Alten Dame by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
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Dec 15, 08

bookshelves: swiss, plays, 1950s
Read in December, 2008

Really loved this tragicomedy. Dürrenmatt's works are timeless, but they are also the product of a Swiss vantage during cold war. In "The Visit" or in German "Der Besuch der alten Dame" an old lady who becomes the wealthiest person in the world returns to the village that cast her out as a young woman and offers riches to the town in exchange for the life of Alfred Ill, who once disgraced her. It’s all about an immoral deal: if the town wants her financial support, she wants something in return. Therefore she brought a coffin for the man who did her wrong 45 years ago… A tragicomedy which explores issues of love, money, power, and justice. The Visit is brilliant in its depiction of the subtle progression of the townspeoples’ attitudes. It alludes to countries that start wars under the pretenses of justice and attempts to show how people can view this as normal and even inevitable, a thought-provoking play that encourages us to contemplate these critical questions. Dürrenmatt at his best!
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Lady Title means "The Visit of the Old Lady" or "The Old Lady's Visit." Posted a comment earlier wherein I said that "Dame" means "woman," when it actually means "lady."


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