By Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Brief novel that includes Durrenmatt's renowned personality, Police leader Barlach. stable, speedy analyzing. one of many greater authors of detective fiction.

Durrenmatt, a Swiss writer writing in German, used to be presented the Georg Buchner prize: the main prestigious prize for writers within the German language.

Police leader inspector Baerlach has simply gone through surgical procedure whilst his pal and surgeon, Hugentobler, thinks he acknowledges certainly one of his personal colleagues on a existence journal photo. the item is ready Dr. Neyle, a nazi general practitioner who practiced surgical procedure with out anesthesia within the extermination camps. This Dr. Neyle might now be the eminent proprietor of a personal health center for prosperous humans in Zurich, Switzerland. Baerlach convinces his pal to move him in that hospital lower than a fake identify. How will Baerlach, who's nonetheless too susceptible to depart his mattress, be capable to unmask the evil surgeon?

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Only Emmenberger understood and did not hesitate to act. He examined the Lucerner, disinfected his pocketknife in the boiling water on the stove, and then performed a cut we call a trache­ otomy, which in emergencies sometimes has to be per­ formed; it involves making a cut above the larynx in order to get an air passage. The operation wasn’t what was so terrifying, Hans—it had to be done with a pocketknife. No, the horror was in something different—some­ thing that took place between those two, in their faces.

The whole German population had turned into a criminal affair. But nobody remembered Nehle, for there was nobody that could remember. His crimes would have remained unknown if Life hadn’t carried the picture of a skillful and masterly operation, with the little flaw that it was executed without anesthe­ sia. Humanity felt properly enraged, and so they started to look. ” Barlach asked in­ nocently. ” Barlach shot up and stared, surprised, into the Jew ’s face. Gulliver does know more than the police, he thought, shaken.

The even­ ing sun, which sank before we reached the hut, made the scene all the more frightful, since a strange deep-red light settled for an almost unbearable length of time on this empty world of ice and stone. It was a deathly illumi­ nation, tinting our faces and hands, an illumination ap­ propriate for a planet that revolves around the sun at a far greater distance than ours. “ Like hunted animals we stormed into the hut. Its door was unlocked. The inside was poor and bare, fur­ nished with nothing more than a few bunks.

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