By Max Frisch
Translated by way of Geoffrey Skelton
from internal flap:
A shattering portrait of a guy on trial
in a court docket of legislations and in his personal mind
Felix Schaad, a physician, stands accused
of strangling a name girl— his 6th wife.
He has no alibi. yet nor is there evi
dence pointing to his guilt, and he is
Schaad’s ready room, as soon as crowded,
is now empty. Now he has time: time to
play billiards, feed swans, stroll. Walking
releases options, clarifies, confuses,
embellishes, creates labyrinths. Schaad
relives the testimony of his courtroom
trial — the debts of his pals and
former better halves. And he provides depositions
of these lengthy useless, together with his mother
and father. the reality and not anything yet the
Where is the line among guilt and in-
nocence, among damnation and re-
demption? Can whatever ease the mind
of a guy who doesn’t comprehend what guilt
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N ot necessarily, no, not when it is wet like to day and when you are walking in ordinary shoes that keep slipping. W hat do you mean by a logging path? One doesn’t always recognize it frotn the start. It begins as a regular path, wide enough, and sometimes one is walking on gravel: farther on there is no more gravel, but still a path o f sorts. Between felled tree trunks. The trunks, I be lieve, had been stripped. And suddenly, in a clearing, there are just these deep bulldozer tracks, curves in the mud; the rest is under brush.
You are Frau Schaad? — Yes. — Your first name? — Lilian. — Your maiden name was Habersack. — That is correct. — Occupation? — Nursery-school teacher. — You are divorced, Frau Schaad? — That is correct. — So you know the accused personally. . Laughter in court. — Your duty as a witness is to tell the truth and nothing but the truth; you are aware that per 33 jury carries a prison sentence—in aggravated cases, up to five years’ penal servitude. When wives are being questioned the courtroom is full; marriage, even for young people, still seems to be a problem.
So you know the accused personally. . Laughter in court. — Your duty as a witness is to tell the truth and nothing but the truth; you are aware that per 33 jury carries a prison sentence—in aggravated cases, up to five years’ penal servitude. When wives are being questioned the courtroom is full; marriage, even for young people, still seems to be a problem. — When you were married to him, did the ac cused physically assault you, or threaten to do so? A t times o f tension did he, for example, slap your face or take you by the throat, causing you to fear strangulation?