Bluebeard: A Tale

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982 - Fiction - 144 pages
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From the author of Man in the Holocene, an examination of the effects of a crime of passion. Translated by Geoffrey Skelton. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book.

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User Review  - Brad - Goodreads

Not one of Frisch's better ones, but like MAN IN THE HOLOCENE, you can finish it in a couple of hours, which is a plus. Basically, the protagonist has been found innocent of the murder of his wife, and his conscience continues to put him on trial. Read full review

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User Review  - Christa Mcintyre - Goodreads

Fascinating story of Gilles de Rai, the first documented serial killer. He fought along side Joan of Arc. Read full review


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About the author (1982)

Max Frisch was born in Switzerland in 1911. He attended the University of Zurich and spent six years in the Swiss Army. He also worked as a freelance writer and an architect. Frisch is most famous for writing the novel I'm Not Stiller and the play The Firebugs. Both works explore one of Frisch's major themes: the problematic nature of living life without a true understanding of one's identity. Many of his works feature explore this theme, including the plays The Chinese Wall, Andorra: A Play in Twelve Scenes, and Don Juan; or the Love of Geometry. He has also written several other novels, including Homo Faber: A Report, and Man in the Holocene. Frisch was awarded the International Neustadt Prize for Literature in 1987. He died in 1991 in Zurich.

Geoffrey Skelton also translated Max Frisch's Sketchbook: 1966-1971 and Bluebeard, and Peter Weiss's Marat/Sade. In addition, Skelton has edited a number of books on classical music.

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