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Life as a Man:

Contemporary Male-Female Relationships in the Novels of Max Frisch


Claus Reschke

The new challenges that face twentieth-century man in his relationship to today's women are a major concern of the Swiss writer Max Frisch (1911 - 1991) and evident in most of his major novels. This comprehensive study in English investigates that challenge as it affects or is affected by society's changing mores, love and marriage, jealousy, guilt, time and aging, and the search for a meaningful life. Major chapters discuss Die Schwierigen, Stiller, Homo faber, Mein Name sei Gantenbein, and Montauk. Also included are discussions of two early works, Jürg Reinhart: Eine sommerliche Schicksalsfahrt and Bin oder Die Reise nach Peking, and the recent novels Der Mensch erscheint im Holozän and Blaubart.