By Max Frisch
Translated via Geoffrey Skelton
from internal flap:
A shattering portrait of a guy on trial
in a courtroom of legislation 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 suggestions, 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 something ease the mind
of a guy who doesn’t understand what guilt
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All the same, he met you, Frau Doktor Schaad, two days after the murder—that was on the Monday—and you did not get the impression that Herr Schaad was anticipating arrest? — No. — Did he seem on edge? 35 — I showed him the tax reminder, and he behaved as if it were no concern of his. . — What did he say, then? — He was a bit odd, I have to admit. — N ot his usual self? — He said he wasn’t mypermanent tax ad viser. . — You ate together? — He didn’t eat a thing. — So he wasn’t your permanent tax adviser; and what else did Herr Doktor Schaad tell you in this vegetarian restaurant?
And what happened after that? — From then on he slept in his studio. — And what else? — I was very depressed at that time. — Because he was so possessive? — Because he began drinking. — And when he was drunk, Frau Schaad—and this is my final question—what did he do when he had too much to drink? — He talked. . — W hat about? — Always the same thing . . ' — And that was? — I can’t remember. — You can’t remember. . Sometimes the presiding judge has also had enough: 46 — Can the witness now be allowed to stand down?
When the gentleman came into the bar, was he wearing a tie? And if so, do you recall the color of his tie? The waitress reflects. — — — — You no longer know. . No. Did you recognize the gentleman? I’ve only been here a month. 25 And you know nothing about the Schaad case? No. W hat did you notice about him? The witness reflects. Didn’t you notice anything at all? He put his hand on the green tile stove, I did notice that, and then he wanted the seat next to the stove, which is usually held for regular guests, and I noticed the gentleman hadn’t had a shave, I think, and he didn’t take off his cap, yes, it was a sort o f beret.