Homo Faber: A Report

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1994 - Fiction - 214 pages
The novel tells the story of a middle-class UNESCO engineer called Walter Faber, who believes in rational, calculated world. Strange events undermine his security - an emergency landing in a Mexican desert against all odds, his friend Joachim hangs himself in the Mexican jungle, he falls in love with a woman who dies of a concussion, and he has an incestuous affair.
 

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User Review  - Widsith - LibraryThing

And now here at last is a real book for grown-ups. Intelligent and utterly unsentimental, Homo Faber would, I feel, have been wasted on me if I'd read it ten years ago; now it strikes me as ... Read full review

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User Review  - BrianFannin - LibraryThing

Third German book of the year, but probably the only one that qualifies as a legitimate adult-type novel. At times confusing for a non-native speaker. The coincidences and revelations may seem like ... Read full review

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About the author (1994)

Max Frisch was born in Switzerland in 1911. He attended the University of Zurich and spent six years in the Swiss Army. He also worked as a freelance writer and an architect. Frisch is most famous for writing the novel I'm Not Stiller and the play The Firebugs. Both works explore one of Frisch's major themes: the problematic nature of living life without a true understanding of one's identity. Many of his works feature explore this theme, including the plays The Chinese Wall, Andorra: A Play in Twelve Scenes, and Don Juan; or the Love of Geometry. He has also written several other novels, including Homo Faber: A Report, and Man in the Holocene. Frisch was awarded the International Neustadt Prize for Literature in 1987. He died in 1991 in Zurich.

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