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Neuchatel pays homage to Dürrenmatt

The university library in Neuchatel has opened an exhibition on one of the city’s most distinguished former residents, the Swiss playwright, novelist and essayist Friedrich Dürrenmatt.

The university library in Neuchatel has opened an exhibition on one of the city’s most distinguished former residents, the Swiss playwright, novelist and essayist Friedrich Dürrenmatt.

It takes the form of an illustrated chronological account of the writer’s life and work in Neuchatel, after he moved there in 1952.

Dürrenmatt was a Swiss-German born in Konolfingen, Canton Berne, in 1921. The son of a Protestant minister, he developed his interest in writing while at Berne University - where he studied literature, theology, philosophy and science.

His best-known works include such dramas as "The Visit" and "The Judge and his Executioner". Some critics compared "The Visit" with the work of Kafka, but with a comic touch. He also wrote radio plays and crime thrillers, and film versions were made of several of his works. He died in 1990.

The exhibition ends on July 31.

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