Editorial Reviews. Language Notes. Text: English, German (translation). About the Author. Max Frisch was born in Zurich in His reputation rests equally on . Read "Homo Faber" by Max Frisch available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. A man who strives for pure rationality and. Walter Faber is an emotionally detached engineer forced by a string of coincidences to embark on a journey through his past. The basis for director Volker.
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His associates have nicknamed him Homo Faber—“Man the Maker.” But during a flight to South America, Faber succumbs to what he calls. Walter Faber, engineer, is a man for whom only the tangible, calculable, verifiable exists. Dubbed Homo Faber (Man the Maker) by associates, he is devoted to. cover image of Homo Faber. Read A Sample. Homo Faber. by Max Frisch. ebook Finally Faber becomes ill with stomach cancer, but it is too late for him to.
He is no hero, but neither is he an anti-hero. He is a thin, wiry, 's Swiss engineer, a technologist, a believer in the reign of rationality over sentiment. The Age of Aquarius isn't even on the horizon. The tale is by him as well as about him. His tone is dry and clinical, like an engineer's report. Initially, he is world-weary, detached, disengaged, sarcastic, resigned.
You laugh at his interaction with the world, but it's not in your face comic farce per se, it's a serious farce scaling its way up to an immodest tragedy. He's hanging on in quiet desperation not just the English way, but the Swiss way as well. Then things start to happen to him, some good, some bad. Bit by bit, he becomes more engaged, more interactive, more hopeful. Only to experience the greatest sadness I can conceive of.
Walter's Women It's not giving anything away to say that Walter's plight revolves around the women in his life. This not only shapes the relationships in his life, it shapes him and the women as well. The Feel, the Craft, the Finish The novel starts dry, but builds quietly and confidently towards its end. Max Frisch is a master of his craft. Lucy Durneen. The Half-Finished Heaven. Tomas Transtromer. Elizabeth Bishop. The Clerk's Tale. Spencer Reece. Bambert's Book of Missing Stories.
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Joachim Henke was Walter's German born friend, who was studying to be a doctor. He married Hanna, but they separated after she refused to have any more children with him. Sabeth believes that he is her father. Decades later, he moved to Guatemala to run a tobacco plantation.
A few weeks after arriving, he committed suicide. Herbert Henke is Joachim's brother, who meets Walter on a plane. He is employed by the same company that sent Joachim to Guatemala. Ivy is Walter's married American mistress, who comes to New York once a week to see Walter and her psychiatrist. Major themes There are several major themes to the novel.
The theme of technology as philosophy describes the belief that everything is possible and that technology allows people to control all aspects of their lives. This view is contradicted throughout the novel by events.
By the end of the novel, Walter's belief in technology is severely tested. The theme of fate versus coincidence also appears throughout the novel.
The events in Homo Faber are presented in such a way so they appear to be either a string of coincidences resulting in an unlikely outcome, or a sequence of predestined actions and decisions leading to a necessary outcome.