The Visit: A Tragi-Comedy

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This is the first complete English translation of the play that many critics consider to be Durrenmatt's finest work. Unlike an earlier version adapted for the English-language stage, this translation adheres faithfully to the author's original play as it was published and performed in German.

The action of The Visit takes place in the small town of Guellen, "somewhere in Central Europe." An elderly millionairesse, Claire Zachanassian, returns to Guellen, her home town, after an...

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Overview

This is the first complete English translation of the play that many critics consider to be Durrenmatt's finest work. Unlike an earlier version adapted for the English-language stage, this translation adheres faithfully to the author's original play as it was published and performed in German.

The action of The Visit takes place in the small town of Guellen, "somewhere in Central Europe." An elderly millionairesse, Claire Zachanassian, returns to Guellen, her home town, after an absence of many years. Merely on the promise of her millions, she shortly turns what has been a depressed area into a boom town. But there is a condition attached to her largess, which the natives of Guellen realize only after they have become enmeshed in her vengeful plot: murder. Out of these elements, Durrenmatt has fashioned a many-leveled play which is at once a macabre parable, a deeply moving tragedy, and a scathing indictment of the power of greed.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780802130662
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Pages: 109
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2004

    Millionares, Affairs, and Murder!

    The Visit doesn't take long to read. The every-day diaglogue in an every-day setting makes the play flow naturally, and you feel as though you could be watching all the action along with the townspeople. While being simple, this play succeeds in telling the dark tale of how a whole town ended up murdering a fellow townsmen for a million dollars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2001

    A Classic - The Visit

    from studying this play you notice the sly underlying themes whitin the plot of this play. It is a very suttle but extravergent play that is really worth reading or performing. The idea of an old millionairess returning to her home town which has become poverty stricken because of her, and offering money for justice is simply brilliant. Top play!

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