A great day for a book recommendation, don’t you think? I am really excited about this book, it used to be one of my favourites!
So today I’d like to recommend you the following book:
This is The Visit by the swiss author Friedrich Dürrenmatt.
The Visit is a comical tale of a desperate town’s descent into immorality. The town of Güllen has seen better days and is hoping that a visit from a former resident turned billionaire, Claire Zachanassian will yield a hefty monetary donation that will allow their town to prosper once more. Claire’s childhood friend, Alfred Ill is enlisted to convince the billionairess to be forthcoming with her wealth. Claire agrees to make an outstanding donation of one billion dollars to the town of Güllen on one condition, someone must kill Alfred Ill. Dürrenmatt carefully constructs the town’s moral dilemma in a play steeped with symbolism, where the lines of right and wrong begin to blur.
This is actually a play. A “tragi-comedy”. I enjoyed this one very, very much. It is very fun written and you can not help but to smirk. At the same moment you are shocked on how true the whole story is. Because money, especially this huge amount of money, drive people crazy and get them to do insane things. Although the author shows how the decay of humanity goes on in this play, he never judges, only describes, which makes it a little perverted at times. It is a very short play, you can read it in a day. 🙂 Give it a try!