Ronald Hayman

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Bluebeard

By Max Frisch

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The Joke

By Milan Kundera

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‘With each new piece of work,’ said Max Frisch in a 1961 interview, ‘I have the naive feeling that now, thank heavens, I am getting to grips with a fundamentally new theme – only to discover sooner or later that everything which does not end in fundamental failure possesses fundamentally the same theme.’ The central theme in his fiction is the difficulty first of locating the self and then of keeping faith with it. Or rather, this is not just a theme. His fiction is his attempt to find himself and keep faith with himself.

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