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Adolf Muschg

Adolf Muschg
Born (1934-05-13) 13 May 1934
Zollikon
Occupation Writer, professor

Adolf Muschg (born 13 May 1934) is a Swiss writer and professor of literature. Muschg was a member of the Gruppe Olten.

His life

Adolf Muschg was born in Zollikon, canton of Zurich, Switzerland. He studied German studies, English studies and philosophy at the universities of Zürich and Cambridge and earned his doctoral degree with a work about Ernst Barlach.

Between 1959 and 1962 he worked as a teacher in Zürich. Different engagements as a teacher followed in Germany (Göttingen), Japan and the U.S.. From 1970 to 1999 Muschg was professor of German language and literature at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zürich.

He wrote the foreword to Fritz Zorn’s controversial memoirs Mars. The book pointed out the supposedly “cancer-causing” lifestyle of Zurich’s wealthy gold coast and provoked a scandal in Switzerland; its author died of cancer before its release. Muschg was also provocative with works like Wenn Auschwitz in der Schweiz liegt ("If Auschwitz were in Switzerland"). His detractors suggest that Muschg was writing without direct experience. A theme of his newer works is often love in old age.

Since 1976 he has been a member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin; he is also a member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz and the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung, Darmstadt. In 2003 he was elected president of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. He left the presidency in December 2005 because of disagreements with the Academy's senate about public relations.

Adolf Muschg lives in Männedorf near Zürich. His estate is archived in the Swiss Literary Archives in Bern.

Awards

Works

  • Im Sommer des Hasen, 1965
  • Gegenzauber, 1967
  • Fremdkörper, 1968
  • Rumpelstilz. Ein kleinbürgerliches Trauerspiel, 1968
  • Mitgespielt, 1969
  • Papierwände, 1970
  • Die Aufgeregten von Goethe. Ein politisches Drama, 1971
  • Liebesgeschichte, 1972
  • Albissers Grund, crime novel, 1974
  • Entfernte Bekannte, 1976
  • Kellers Abend. Ein Stück aus dem 19. Jahrhundert, 1976
  • Noch ein Wunsch, 1979
  • Baiyun oder die Freundschaftsgesellschaft, 1980
  • Leib und Leben, 1982
  • Das Licht und der Schlüssel. Erziehungsroman eines Vampirs, novel, 1984
  • Goethe als Emigrant, 1986
  • Der Turmhahn und andere Lebensgeschichten, 1987
  • Der Rote Ritter. Eine Geschichte von Parzival, 1993
  • Herr, was fehlt euch? Zusprüche und Nachreden aus dem Sprechzimmer eines heiligen Grals, 1994
  • Nur ausziehen wollte sie sich nicht, 1995
  • Die Insel, die Kolumbus nicht gefunden hat. Sieben Gesichter Japans, 1995
  • O mein Heimatland!, 1998
  • Sutters Glück, 2001
  • Das gefangene Lächeln. Eine Erzählung, 2002
  • Gehen kann ich allein und andere Liebesgeschichten, 2003
  • Der Schein trügt nicht. Ueber Goethe, 2004
  • Eikan, du bist spät, 2005

Other Works

  • Gottfried Keller, biography, 1977
  • Wenn Auschwitz in der Schweiz liegt, 1997

Voice Recordings

  • Baiyun oder die Freundschaftsgesellschaft; Läufer und Brücken - eine unveröffentlichte Erzählung. Ausschnitte aus der Lesung in Hoser's Buchhandlung am 4. Oktober 1979 (Hoser's Buchhandlung, Stuttgart, ohne Nummer) (1 LP) ISBN 3-921414-05-9

Literature

  • Judith Ricker-Abderhalden (ed.): Über Adolf Muschg. Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main 1979, ISBN 3-518-10686-4.
  • Renate Voris: Adolf Muschg. C.H. Beck, Munich 1984. ISBN 3-406-30165-7.
  • Manfred Dierks (ed.): Adolf Muschg. Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main 1989, ISBN 3-518-38586-0.
  • Andreas Dorschel: 'Tüchtig nach Hause geleuchtet', in: Süddeutsche Zeitung, nr 103 (5 May 2004), p. 16.
  • Rüdiger Schaper: 'Wer im Glashaus schwitzt. Akademie-Präsident Adolf Muschg gibt auf', in: Der Tagesspiegel, nr 19047 (16 December 2005), p. 25.
  • (French) Alexandre Mirlesse: En attendant l'Europe (Rencontre avec Adolf Muschg). La Contre Allée, Lille 2009, ISBN 978-2-917817-01-8.

External links

  • Literary estate of Adolf Muschg in the archive database HelveticArchives of the Swiss National Library
  • Publications by and about Adolf Muschg in the catalogue Helveticat of the Swiss National Library
  • Portrait of the author by Suhrkamp Verlag
  • Information by the ETH Zurich
  • Website of Adolf Muschg
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