Montauk - that Native American Village on the East Coast - is the location of Frisch's extended weekend some time late in his life. It is completely autobiographical (just like Amerika!), meaning the characters have not been fictionalized at all.
While the 'main story' follows his weekend in Montauk and the way there and back, this only provides the framework for the author's musings about his life and relationships within it (various marriages or almost marriages, some friendships...). He is at the same time fairly honest and self critical, without hoping for pity from the audience. Infidelities, relationships / attractions to younger women, his in-laws, literary friends (as well as others), all feature, with the cases, where more discretion is required, the names being absent.
While some of the conversations are recorded in the author's own halting English, the book is in German, and a fairly high class German, meaning you should have had more exposure to the language than a couple of years at school, to get the most out of it.
It will also appeal more to a more mature character, who has had the odd 'experience' or 'shipwreck' in their own lives and is consequently not quite as quick in judging others. If neither the language, nor the introspective, intimate nature are obstacles, you will find a masterpiece of modern literature, which would be a shame to miss. That it paints a very interesting portrait of a foreigner in the early 1970s US, is simply an added bonus.Read more ›