Category: Literature

31. July 2019

Modern Age | Literature

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The Rütli fan

by Michael van Orsouw

Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, was a fan of William Tell. In the 19th century, he even wanted to buy the Rütli and build a castle on it.

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17. July 2019

20th / 21st century | Culture

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Heidi in Japan

by Claudia Walder

Heidi is a cult figure in Japan. An animated series from 1974 helped her achieve that status. The series ushered in the now booming anime industry.

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1. April 2019

Middle Ages | Politics

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The White Book of Sarnen

by Michael Blatter

Once upon a time, there was a hero named Tell. He was born in an office in Central Switzerland. Tell is an instrument, always working on behalf of whomever is telling his story.

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28. February 2019

Modern Age | Literature

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Robinson Crusoe in old Zurich

by Felix Graf

In 1720, not long after its publication, the first German translation of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe came out. Zurich academic Johann Jakob Bodmer recommended it to the ladies of Zurich for reading. In 1818, a ‘Little Robinson for the entertainment of young persons’ was published in Zurich.

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27. February 2019

Modern Age | Literature

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The many lives of Robinson Crusoe

by Alexander Rechsteiner

Precisely 300 years ago, Daniel Defoe published Robinson Crusoe, the most successful adventure novel in literary history: the story of the shipwreck survivor stranded on a remote island inspired scores of other ‘robinsonades’.

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