Bleibt Frisch, lest Bücher!
I read >Andorra< in 2014, when I came to Leipzig for a gallery internship at the Baumwollspinnerei and was living in a beautiful old flat with an art noveau bathtub next to a window leading to an old bewildered garden. It was autumn, and the evening were reserved for re-reading Frisch‘s literary works i would find on my flatmate's bookshelves. The fact that I read >Homo faber<, >Andorra< and >Montauk< in succession left little doubt, how extraordinary Frisch was and still is as a writer, how current the literary matter he touches upon, how urgent and strong the messages, the observations about the (German) society he made, are, and yet, how subtle and immediate he knows to transcend them on paper. >Andorra< was the most brutal one to read, a drama of a boy being stigmatised, outcasted and labeled, not only by his own narcissistic, coward father, but by society members (except a girl that is his best friend) that are too soon too ready to pick up on the stigmatisation, marginalisation and abuse abusing of somebody that has done nothing wrong but being talented and wearing the wrong "label" – just as the Jews were in German history. The play is so complex, such a precise bundle of ties and psychological patters of the abuser(s) and the abused, of deceit and futile loyalty, of being good and being coward, of being talented and being envious, of defying being a scapegoat and defering to it - of so, so many things, depicted in such an acute accuracy and transendence that it made me freese. But, and I will end with that, first and foremost Frisch’s play is about rather prefering to die than join the evil, of - despite being innocent – prefering to carry the cross and be crucified, than form an alliance with those, who condemn and outcast you for just being (allegedly) different.
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