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This portrait in my gallery today is the famous Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt.

Just 3 years before his death (14.12.1990) he payed a visit to İstanbul with his wife. And they stayed for a while in Divan Hotel, which I was managing at that time.
First thing I did was sending a wellcome basket to his room with different local fruits and two bottles of wine.
The next day after his arrival I took my camera with me and knocked his door.
Asking him if I may make some photographs of him !
This is one of those -only- 6 pictures I could make; as he was (you can see it) very photoshy and seemingly not in the best mood.

But the other day I had the chance to guide him and his wife through the historical beauties of İstanbul; and from those few days in İstanbul I have 2 books of him, with his signature and dedication to me : "The Physicist" and "The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi".

Also this entry is been scanned from a b&w print.

Friedrich Dürrenmatt, (born Jan. 5, 1921, Konolfingen, near Bern, Switz.—died Dec. 14, 1990, Neuchâtel), Swiss playwright, novelist, and essayist whose satiric, almost farcical tragicomic plays were central to the post-World War II revival of German theatre.

Dürrenmatt, who was educated in Zürich and Bern, became a full-time writer in 1947. His technique was clearly influenced by the German expatriate writer Bertolt Brecht, as in the use of parables and of actors who step out of their roles to act as narrators. Dürrenmatt’s vision of the world as essentially absurd gave a comic flavour to his plays. Writing on the theatre in Theaterprobleme (1955; Problems of the Theatre), he described the primary conflict in his tragicomedies as humanity’s comic attempts to escape from the tragic fate inherent in the human condition.

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