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Switzerland’s diverse literature

As a country with four national languages, Switzerland is home to a diverse array of literature. For a good number of years, the “Swiss Review” has been showcasing the outstanding, stunning, unique works of Swiss authors both famous and forgotten. Literary scholar Charles Linsmayer covers this wide spectrum of excellence in his regular column. Our team of literary reviewers complements his articles with notes on recent publications.

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Martin R. Dean | Starting again

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Ágota Kristóf | “French is killing my mother tongue”

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Ursula Hasler | What really happened

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Charles Linsmayer | Giving Swiss literature a chance

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Simone Weinmann | Life without electricity

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Edmond Fleg |A messianic longing for human happiness

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Doris Femminis | Outside forever

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Iris von Roten | “All she wants is fairness”

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A guide to Switzerland

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Urs Faes | “Literature cannot rival history”

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Novelist Urs Faes digs into his memory.

Patrick Chappatte | A look back at Covid-19, in snapshots

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Alfred A. Häsler | “Window into a more civilised world”

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Lukas Hartmann | Shadow dance

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Jules Spinatsch | Davos, a town to rent

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Nicolas Bouvier | To Japan and Afghanistan in a Topolino

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Kurt Marti | Late poems on love and death

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Bernese theologian and author Kurt Marti died in 2017 at the ripe age of 96. He would have been 100 this year.

Ernst Frey | Across America like Chaplin’s tramp

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Swiss popular writer Ernst Frey travelled across the United States on foot as a callow 15-year-old

Cilette Ofaire | Longing for freedom

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Luisa Famos | Honduras and Venezuela in Romansh

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Luisa Famos’s poignant, inspiring works evoke memories of her Engadine homeland as well as her encounters in Latin America

Geneva in another light

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Voting day

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“It was going to be the best possible day. Vreni didn’t care about the fog that had been smothering the farm since Friday...”.

The woman who put Napoleon in his place

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Germaine de Staël, of Genevan origin, was a woman of letters and a leading intellectual who lived in Paris but had to flee to exile in Switzerland…

La pozza del Felice (Felice’s pool)

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The Swiss with an irrepressible Nordic spirit

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Three fathers – how did that happen?

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The literary stimulus of riding a bicycle

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Hunkeler in the wild

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The Swiss-Spanish wordsmith

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Joseph Jung | From dilapidated to progressive

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Switzerland was quite a precarious, dangerous, volatile, backward place in the first half of the 19th century. The country was in the mire and sinking…

Heinrich Herm | His friends called him “Devil of the sea”

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