In focus

Ulrich Becher

Ulrich Becher

Ulrich Becher was a German playwright and novelist. His most famous work is the exile novel «Murmeljagd». Part of his estate is held in the Swiss Literary Archives.
Franco Beltrametti

Franco Beltrametti

Franco Beltrametti is considered one of the most important Swiss authors of the “Beat Generation”. His estate in the Swiss Literary Archives is an important resource for studies into alternative cultural movements internationally.
Bollack Family, Photo: Swiss National Library, Simon Schmid

Jean Bollack

A philologist, philosopher and critic born in Alsace of Jewish heritage, Jean Bollack was a scholar of the philosophers, Greek tragedy, and German and French literature.
Georges Borgeaud

Georges Borgeaud

Georges Borgeaud (1914–1998) settled in France in 1946, having previously worked as a private tutor and bookseller in Switzerland and Belgium. He is the author of novels (“Le Voyage à l’étranger”) as well as numerous articles and chronicles on painting.
Erika Burkart

Erika Burkart

Erika Burkart (1922−2010) is one of the most important poets to have written in the German language. In addition to numerous volumes of poetry, she also published a number of works in prose. Her visual idiom draws heavily on nature.
Blaise Cendrars

Blaise Cendrars

Blaise Cendrars (1887−1961) was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Granted French citizenship in recognition of his having volunteered in the First World War, he is the author of a diverse oeuvre: poetry, novels, journalism and “memoirs that aren’t memoirs”.
Alice Ceresa

Alice Ceresa

Alice Ceresa was an Italian-speaking Swiss author who lived in Rome. Her estate is held in the Swiss Literary Archives.
Black-and-white portrait of Maurice Chappaz.

Maurice Chappaz

Maurice Chappaz (1916−2009) is a key figure in the literature of French-speaking Switzerland, and was one half of a famous writing couple with S. Corinna Bille. The author of “Portrait des Valaisans” and “Maquereaux des cimes blanches” donated his archives to the Swiss National Library in 1981.
The writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt in 1961 smoking a cigar.

Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921–1990) was an internationally successful dramatist and writer of crime novels. Late in his life he produced the major autobiographical work “Stoffe”. His pictorial works did not become widely known until after his death.
Heinrich Federer at the Toce Falls in Piemonte

Heinrich Federer

The work of Heinrich Federer (1866−1928) centres around the depiction of rural life in Switzerland, with an additional focus on Italy. It is imbued with a love of the simple, natural life and a strong social conscience.
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