The Physicists

A Comedy in Two Acts

By Friedrich Durrenmatt; Joel Agee (Translator)
(Grove Press, Paperback, 9780802144270, 76pp.)

Publication Date: October 2010

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Description
The world's greatest physicist, Johann Wilhelm Mobius, is in a madhouse, haunted by recurring visions of King Solomon. He is kept company by two other equally deluded scientists: one who thinks he is Einstein, another who believes he is Newton. It soon becomes evident, however, that these three are not as harmlessly lunatic as they appear. Are they, in fact, really mad? Or are they playing some murderous game, with the world as the stake? For Mobius has uncovered the mystery of the universe--and therefore the key to its destruction--and Einstein and Newton are vying for this secret that would enable them to rule the earth.



About the Author
Friedrich Durrenmatt was born in 1921 in the village of Konolfingen, near Berne, Switzerland. He wrote prolifically during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, taking particular interest in human rights and the preservation of Israel. He is the author of numerous books published by the University of Chicago Press, including "The Pledge".


Joel Agee has translated Elias Canetti, Friedrich Durenmatt, Gottfried Benn, and a collection of Rilke's letters, "Rilke and Benvenuta: An Intimate Correspondence". He won the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for his translation of Heinrich von Kleist's "Penthesilea, " a verse play. He is the author of "Twelve Years: An American Boyhood in East Germany" and lives in Brooklyn.
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