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Ebook Questionnaires by Max Frisch read! Book Title: Questionnaires
Date of issue: 2009
ISBN: 2916390073
ISBN 13: 9782916390079
The author of the book: Max Frisch
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 653 KB
Edition: Éd. cent pages

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In regard to the world situation, do you hope:
a.    that reason will prevail?
b.    that a miracle will occur?
c.    that everything will go on as before?

This wonderful and very unusual little book takes the form of a series of ten questionnaires that the great Swiss writer Max Frisch devised as a way of interrogating his own opinions and biases. Originally published in 1972 as part of his extensive journals (Tagebuch 1966-1971), it works especially well as a standalone piece, prompting wild hypotheses and speculative trains of thought from the reader, who might use any page in here as a basis for self-reflection, meditation, casual analysis or creative writing.

Some lines of questioning are open and philosophical:

VII.25.
Are you friends with yourself?

…while others are quite specific:

VI.4.
If you meet a man in swimming trunks about whom you know nothing, how is it that after a few words (not about money) you know he is a rich man?

Some address political concerns:

IX.15.
Can you name a free country in which the rich are not in the minority, and can you explain why in such countries the majority always imagines itself to possess the power?

…and many reflect Frisch's specifically male preoccupations:

III.1.
Are you sorry for women?

2.
Why? (Why not?)

3.
When a woman's hands and eyes and lips betray excitement, desire, etc., because you touch them, do you take this personally?

4.
What do you feel about other men:
a.    when you are the successor?
b.    when you are the predecessor?
c.    when you are both in love with the same woman at the same time?

Although the format should by rights be very limiting, I found that many of the questions in here struck me as extraordinarily insightful. I was astonished to read the following, on a very specific issue that I've spent a lot of time thinking about:

V.23.
If you live in a foreign country and find your own particular brand of humour never works, can you adjust to the need of keeping all your relationships on a serious level, or does this make you seem a stranger to yourself?

My god, I could write a thousand words on that one right now! For people who like mind-mapping exercises, Proustian questionnaires or similar imaginative prompts, this book offers a rather unusual example of the genre – but it also demands to be seen as a fascinating creative work in its own right. You can, if you wish, read the whole thing through in an hour or so; but most people will, I think, find at least a couple of pages in here that can be productively dwelt on for days on end. Without question, a stimulating little oddity.

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Ebook Questionnaires read Online! Max Rudolph Frisch was born in 1911 in Zurich; the son of Franz Bruno Frisch (an architect) and Karolina Bettina Frisch (née Wildermuth). After studying at the Realgymnasium in Zurich, he enrolled at the University of Zurich in 1930 and began studying German literature, but had to abandon due to financial problems after the death of his father in 1932. Instead, he started working as a journalist and columnist for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), one of the major newspapers in Switzerland. With the NZZ he would entertain a lifelong ambivalent love-hate relationship, for his own views were in stark contrast to the conservative views promulgated by this newspaper. In 1933 he travelled through eastern and south-eastern Europe, and in 1935 he visited Germany for the first time.

From 1936 to 1941 he studied architecture at the ETH Zurich. His first and still best-known project was in 1942, when he won the invitation of tenders for the construction of a public swimming bath right in the middle of Zurich (the Letzigraben).

In 1947, he met Bertolt Brecht in Zurich. In 1951, he was awarded a grant by the Rockefeller Trust and spent one year in the U.S. After 1955 he worked exclusively as a freelance writer. His experience of postwar Europe is vividly described in his Tagebuch (Diary) for 1946-1949; it contains the first drafts of later fictional works.

During the 1950s and 1960s Frisch created some outstanding novels that explored problems of alienation and identity in modern societies. These are I'm Not Stiller (1954), Homo Faber (1957) and Wilderness of Mirrors/Gantenbein (1964). In addition, he wrote some highly intelligent political dramas, such as Andorra and The Fireraisers. He continued to publish extracts from his diaries. These included fragments from contemporary media reports, and paradoxical questionnaires, as well as personal reflections and reportage. he fell in love with a woman called Antonia Quick in 1969.

Max Frisch died of cancer on April 4, 1991 in Zurich. Together with Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Max Frisch is considered one of the most influential Swiss writers of the 20th century. He was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Marburg, Germany, in 1962, Bard College (1980), the City University of New York (1982), the University of Birmingham (1984), and the TU Berlin (1987). He also won many important German literature prizes: the Georg-Büchner-Preis in 1958, the Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels in 1976, and the Heinrich-Heine-Preis in 1989. In 1965 he won the Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society.

Some of the major themes in his work are the search or loss of one's identity; guilt and innocence (the spiritual crisis of the modern world after Nietzsche proclaimed that "God is dead"); technological omnipotence (the human belief that everything was possible and technology allowed humans to control everything) versus fate (especially in Homo faber); and also Switzerland's idealized self-image as a tolerant democracy based on consensus — criticizing that as illusion and portraying people (and especially the Swiss) as being scared by their own liberty and being preoccupied mainly with controlling every part of their life.

Max Frisch was a political man, and many of his works make reference to (or, as in Jonas und sein Veteran, are centered around) political issues of the time.

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