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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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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

Cilette Ofaire | Longing for freedom

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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…

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 Swiss with an irrepressible Nordic spirit

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La pozza del Felice (Felice’s pool)

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The literary stimulus of riding a bicycle

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Three fathers – how did that happen?

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The Swiss-Spanish wordsmith

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Hunkeler in the wild

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

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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…

Kurt Mettler | A keen observer of late-1920s America

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Sibylle Berg | Is this life?

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Éric Burnand & Fanny Vaucher | 20th century Switzerland, revisited in a comic

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Gertrud Wilker | She found her voice in German in America.

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A plurality of origins

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Social change is breeding a new form of “home literature”, with Switzerland having long metamorphosed from a country of emigrants into a country of…

Albert Bächtold | The Klettgau Russian

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Simone Meier | A fateful kiss

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Heinrich Anacker | “Powerful songs that reflect our desires”

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Anna Stern | Ava and Paul

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Kurt Guggenheim | Truth and fiction on the French coast

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Urs Altermatt | Helvetia’s unofficial royals – a lexicon

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For 171 years, the Swiss government has been in office without a single day’s interruption. The whole government is never replaced at once, it is…

Karl Friedrich Kurz | Japanese tea girls and Norwegian farmers

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Didier Burkhalter | Former President dips into marine literature

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Gottfried Keller | Why Gottfried Keller’s “Der grüne Heinrich” ended tragically in 1855

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Willi Wottreng | Deskaheh – an Iroquois on Lake Geneva

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Lukas Hartmann | “The desire to break down boundaries”

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André Holenstein, Patrick Kury, Kristina Schulz | Immigration and emigration in Switzerland

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