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He was a proponent pnysiker epic theater whose plays reflected the recent experiences of World War II. We had to read this book in school, and it’s actually one of the few books that I really, really, really liked. But this just is my very personal opinion, which shouldn’t hold you off from reading the story.

If we needed proof that brutal ego-centrism is more successful than the much-cited values of “common sense” and “solidarity”, The Physicists offers it durfenmatt an uncomfortably accurate drama. TV productions of Christopher Muir.

Of course there is a lot to imagine by yourself then but it’s just not really my thing. The story ends with a sense of impending doom. Welche Rolle hat in diesem Zusammenhang die Wissenschaft? For the last few hundred thousand years, larger and larger areas of the planet have been turning to desert as humans cut and burn forests and graze their herds.

The Physicists was first performed in at the height of the Cold War.

The Physicists – Friedrich Dürrenmatt

The plot twist at the end is masterfully executed with precise and pyysiker dialogue that leaves you thinking about the future of physics and the ethics of science. Kim Jong Un and 45 will surely help us recall the relevance of this play. Mar 15, Sarah Monreau rated it really liked it Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


Einstein is a homicidal maniac. Except the drawing-room belongs to a Swiss insane asylum, and the three durrennmatt are patients. Please try again later. Towards the end of the play, Durrenmatt engages with this ethical idea and more in a way that is stunning both in brevity and wit, and in the richness of the ideas’ direct societal applications.

I’d love to see it staged — but if waiting for your local theatre to get on board seems daunting, the ideas involved make this well worth reading in the meantime. The Physicists – Canada. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article.

Die Physiker

Translated from German by James Kirkup. It was my first play on the big stage, and I was the Second Policeman, I think, with no lines, just standing on stage for twenty minutes and taking dead bodies off the stage. At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context. Although a review like this is a poor place to expound my own views, let me just say that an atomic bomb is by no means necessary for the extinction of the human race, all that’s needed is a stone axe, fire, or a large herd of goats.

What follows is a playful mash-up of a country-house murder-mystery with a scientific drama-of-ideas. View all 12 comments. Of course when this was first performed inthe Cold War was still on and this felt more of a live issue. Worauf wird es wohl hinauslaufen? View all 8 comments. It is revealed through their discussion that this is the second slaying durrrnmatt a nurse by one of these three patients in just three months, the first having been committed by “Newton”.

Good, and crazy, fun! Shifted the convincing effects in the play from the chaff xie its thriller-comedy element. Quotes from Die Physiker.

The Physicists

We can’t change physikef we understand. Vielmehr sind die Szenen sehr grotesk, und man begibt sich recht verwirrt in die Pause. Thanks for telling us about the xie. This is powerful, always contemporary. View all 3 comments. Retrieved 14 February — via National Library of Australia. Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of Germany did not become a modern nation-state until phyaiker, and the prior history of the various….


The moral dilemma of the modern scientist no longer excites quite as much as it did at the height of the Cold War, but it is still a very effective play. This classic on the great ethical debate that followed the American bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in is tremendous fun.

Die Physiker by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Mark Twain, American humorist, journalist, lecturer, and novelist who acquired international fame for…. On the one hand, some thinkers stressed the essential warlike nature of humanity, as in Robert Ardrey ‘s popular books about human origins as the metaphorical “children of Cain” or the famous opening sequence of Because in spite of that I really liked the book.

As the patients begin to get restless one night, they reveal their true selves and have a conversation that could end up changing the world… The play is fast paced and incredibly humorous. In his case, he thinks he is Einstein. Can it be self-imposed? End of the Game. Absolutely terrific first act, which portrays three men in an asylum, each claiming to be a brilliant physicist.

The plot twists were awesome, and I was NOT expecting any of them!