Most students of postwar German literature are probably not well acquainted with the works of the contemporary Swiss author Otto F. Walter. This comes as no surprise, since many of the younger generation of writers in the German-speaking part of Switzerland have been overshadowed by Frisch and Durrenmatt, and Swiss-German authors in general are often unfairly viewed as an unimportant provincial appendage of mainstream German letters. However, Walter is an important Swiss novelist, and in the early sixties, he was prominent in a group of young writers (which included Kurt Marti, Jürg Federspiel, Jörg Steiner and Peter Bichsel) who broke with literary tradition in an attempt to redefine the course of contemporary literature. His importance on the Swiss literary scene has increased in recent years, and today he is gaining recognition in Germany as well.



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