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The son of a minister, Friedrich Dürrenmatt was born in Konolfingen (canton of Berne, Emmental region) in 1921; he died in Neuchâtel, where he lived for 38 years, in 1990. His plays The Visit (1956) and The Physicists (1962) brought him his greatest international acclaim, together with the film adaptations of his detective novels such as The Judge and His Hangman (1952) and The Pledge (1958). His philosophical essays and late-career autobiographical works, as well as his visual art - accomplished in parallel with his writing - are less well-known. The author received numerous awards throughout his career. He was twice married, and the father of three children born of his first marriage.
1924, with his parents and his sister Verena
FD ca 1943. Photo: Verena Dürrenmatt archive
Dürrenmatt reading Erich Kästner’s Die Kleine Freiheit (The Little Freedom), ca 1952
1959, Dürrenmatt in Neuchâtel. Photo: Robert Häusser
FD with Kurt Horwitz and Therese Giehse at the Zürich Schauspielhaus during a rehearsal for The Physicists, 1962
FD with his dog Toro in Sainte-Maxime (French Riviera), 1963. Photo: Henriette Grindat
FD in his living room at his Neuchâtel residence, 1963. Photo: Monique Jacot
Max Frisch and Friedrich Dürrenmatt in Rüschlikon, 1968. Photo: Pia Zanetti
Varlin and Dürrenmatt at the ceremony awarding Varlin the City of Zürich Art Prize, 1967. Photo: Theo Frey
FD with the stage director Andrzej Wajda at a rehearsal for The Accomplice at the Zurich Schauspielhaus, 1973. Photo: Witold Stok
FD in his swimming pool, 1979. Photo: Peterhofen/Stern
1984, with his second wife, Charlotte Kerr Dürrenmatt. Photo: Sabine Wunderlin
1990, with Vaclav Havel during the Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize awards ceremony

Photo: Daniel Schwartz, 1990

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Portrait of Dürrenmatt by Varlin, 1962
Portrait of Dürrenmatt by Varlin, 1962

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