Books: Modern Morality Play

THE QUARRY (162 pp.)—Friedrich Duerrenmatt—New York Graphic Society ($3.50).

In a villa overlooking Lake Neuchâtel, with Mont Blanc gleaming like a picture postcard in the background, a sedentary, stout Swiss just turned 41 lives contentedly with his wife, three children, and a collection of dogs and cats, and turns out some of the most wry and bitter writing of this wry and bitter time. Friedrich Duerrenmatt is best known for his unsettling play The Visit, in which a vengeful old lady manipulates the greed of a whole town to make its respectable citizens collaborate in the ritual murder of her former lover....

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