The Visit by Friedrich Durrenmatt


A haunting tableau of moral decay unfolds as the formidable heiress Claire Zachanassian returns to her impoverished hometown, wielding her vast wealth to exact a chilling price for the restoration of prosperity: the execution of the man who wronged her, revealing the depths of human folly and greed in the face of material temptation.

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In Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s “The Visit”, the stage unfolds as a sinister tableau of human folly and moral decay, where the arrival of Claire Zachanassian, a formidable heiress, ignites a tempest of greed and corruption in the once-pious town of her youth. With her vast wealth, she wields a dreadful bargain: the restoration of prosperity in exchange for the execution of the man who spurned her in her youth.

Through the delicate brushstrokes of his narrative, Dürrenmatt plunges readers into a world where the veneer of civility crumbles beneath the weight of greed and desperation, revealing the grotesque underbelly of human nature. From its subtle exploration of parochial politics to its haunting portrayal of moral compromise, “The Visit” emerges as a poignant meditation on the fragility of virtue and the insidious allure of material wealth. As the drama unfolds towards its chilling denouement, Dürrenmatt’s prose shimmers with an eerie luminosity, casting a pall of existential dread over the proceedings.

In this tale of moral ambiguity and societal decay, Dürrenmatt invites readers to confront the uncomfortable truths that lie at the heart of the human condition, weaving a narrative that resonates with the haunting echoes of a bygone era. Through its incisive critique of twentieth-century civilization and its piercing insights into the human psyche, “The Visit” stands as a testament to Dürrenmatt’s literary prowess and enduring legacy in the annals of modern European drama.

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The Visit


Vintage Publishing


Friedrich Durrenmatt

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ISBN/EAN        9780224009140