The family moved to Bern in In , he decided to become an author and dramatist and dropped his academic career. In —46, he wrote his first play It Is Written. On 11 October , he married the actress Lotti Geissler. She died on 16 January
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We now see him immediately after a major operation, recovering in a hospital. But the blood creeps where it cannot go, and still on his hospital bed the inspector gets intrigued by the search for a former Nazi doctor.
But unfortunately, in the second part, the story takes a rather unlikely turn. He is quite sure that he will be able to expose the man, or rather, that he will expose himself. All kinds of repulsive figures emerge: a murderous dwarf, a horrible old woman that before his eyes turns into a handsome appearance, a religious-fanatical nurse and finally the suspected Nazi doctor himself, who in a very long argument relates his nihilistic beliefs for pages on end.
It seems as if we ended up in a narrative of E. Really interesting moral dilemmas though and discussions of beliefs and human nature, particularly relevant in the post-WW2 world of nihilism. I am not going to spoil the fun for you, but half-way through, the novel develops into something more akin to an Alfred Hitchcock thriller than an Hercule Poirot mystery.
I did not like it because it felt oddly out-of-character; there was no obvious reason why our protagonist should allow himself to become powerless, and indeed he did not succeed in freeing himself from a predicament in the plot through his own devices, but came to rely entirely on luck, and on the unplanned assistance of others.
If Friedrich intended to play with the conventions of detective novels by turning his hero into a powerless victim half-way through the plot, fair enough. At least if that was his intention, I understand why the plot developed in this way. But if he planned to do this, I think there would have been ways to do this more convincingly.
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