The Pledge

The Pledge

Friedrich Dürrenmatt / Oct 16, 2019

The Pledge Set in a small town in Switzerland The Pledge centers around the murder of a young girl and the detective who promises the victim s mother he will find the perpetrator After deciding the wrong man ha

  • Title: The Pledge
  • Author: Friedrich Dürrenmatt
  • ISBN: 9780425178980
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Paperback
  • Set in a small town in Switzerland, The Pledge centers around the murder of a young girl and the detective who promises the victim s mother he will find the perpetrator After deciding the wrong man has been arrested for the crime, the detective lays a trap for the real killer with all the patience of a master fisherman But cruel turns of plot conspire to make him pay deaSet in a small town in Switzerland, The Pledge centers around the murder of a young girl and the detective who promises the victim s mother he will find the perpetrator After deciding the wrong man has been arrested for the crime, the detective lays a trap for the real killer with all the patience of a master fisherman But cruel turns of plot conspire to make him pay dearly for his pledge Here Friedrich D rrenmatt conveys his brilliant ear for dialogue and a devastating sense of timing and suspense Joel Agee s skilled translation effectively captures the various voices in the original, as well as its chilling conclusion One of D rrenmatt s most diabolically imagined and constructed novels, The Pledge was adapted for the screen in 2000 in a film directed by Sean Penn and starring Jack Nicholson.

    The Pledge Directed by Sean Penn With Jack Nicholson, Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Clarkson, Beau Daniels A retiring police detective pledges to catch the killer of a young child. The Pledge film The Pledge is a American neo noir mystery drama film directed by Sean Penn The film features an ensemble cast, starring Jack Nicholson, Aaron Eckhart, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn, Vanessa Redgrave, Sam Shepard, Mickey Rourke, and Benicio del Toro It is based on Friedrich Drrenmatt s novella The Pledge Requiem for the Detective Novel. The Pledge YouTube The Pledge is a debate show with no presenter to moderate You can watch it on Sky News every week Join the debate via ThePledge and ThePledge on Twitter and facebook thepledgeshow. The Pledge ThePledge Twitter The latest Tweets from The Pledge ThePledge A new breed of debate Thursdays at pm on SkyNews Join ThePledge conversation United Kingdom THE PLEDGE Trailer HQ YouTube Dec , Trailer for Sean Penn s film starring Jack Nicholson, Robin Wright Penn, Aaron Eckhart, Sam Shepard, Mickey Rourke, Helen Mirren, Benicio Del Toro, Patricia The Pledge Home Facebook The Pledge K likes A new breed of debate The Pledge is Sky News weekly debate programme, with no presenter to moderate or tone down the discussion. The Pledge of Allegiance US History The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy It was originally published in The Youth s Companion on September , Bellamy had hoped that the pledge would be used by citizens in any country. Pledge of Allegiance The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States is an expression of allegiance to the flag of the United States and the republic of the United States of America It was originally composed by Captain George Thatcher Balch, a Union Army Officer during the Civil War and later a teacher of patriotism in New York City schools The form of the pledge used today was largely devised by Francis Bellamy in , and The Giving Pledge The Giving Pledge is a commitment by the world s wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to giving back. The Pledge Sky News Weekly Discussion Show Apr , The Pledge, a weekly discussion show to be launched by Sky News, features five straight talkers taking on the issues that matter.

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      • Friedrich Dürrenmatt

        Friedrich D rrenmatt 1921 1990 was a Swiss author and dramatist.D rrenmatt was born in the Emmental canton of Bern , the son of a Protestant pastor His grandfather Ulrich D rrenmatt was a conservative politician The family moved to Bern in 1935 D rrenmatt began to study philosophy and German language and literature at the University of Zurich in 1941, but moved to the University of Bern after one semester In 1943 he decided to become an author and dramatist and dropped his academic career In 1945 46, he wrote his first play, It is written On October 11 1946 he married actress Lotti Geissler She died in 1983 and D rrenmatt was married again to another actress, Charlotte Kerr, the following year.He was a proponent of epic theater whose plays reflected the recent experiences of World War II The politically active author gained fame largely due to his avant garde dramas, philosophically deep crime novels, and often macabre satire One of his leading sentences was A story is not finished, until it has taken the worst turn D rrenmatt was a member of the Gruppe Olten.


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    1. The best detective novel I have ever read and probably the best I shall ever read. Ingeniously constructed, it can be read as a deconstruction of the genre


    2. Das Versprechen: Requiem auf den Kriminalroman = The Pledge, Friedrich Dürrenmatt The Pledge (German: Das Versprechen) is a crime novella by Swiss author Friedrich Dürrenmatt, published in 1958. Dürrenmatt uses a first-person narrative to insert himself into a frame story as a writer of detective fiction. However, the primary narrator is actually a character named Dr. H a retired police chief who takes on the role of explaining to Dürrenmatt's first-person character the flaws of the detectiv [...]


    3. ‎دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب از 187 صفحه و 30 بخش تشکیل شده است و داستان از آنجایی شروع میشود که یک نویسندهٔ داستان های پلیسی در سوئیس بعد از سخنرانی، برایِ رفتن به زوریخ همسفرِ رئیسِ بازنشستهٔ پلیس ایالتی زوریخ میشود و این پلیس بازنشسته برایِ آنکه به این نویسنده ثابت کند که همیش [...]


    4. A Swiss BanvilleShould a detective story have rational plot-appeal? Must the clues and hints left by the author lead anywhere? Are the aesthetics of a mystery dependent upon its conclusion? Friedrich Durrenmatt thought decidedly not.For Durrenmatt, it is the presence of the mystery itself, and its affect on those involved in it that is the point of the detective story. The details are important not because they add up to anything - although they might - but because the investigators are affected [...]


    5. الوعد وضع دورينمات عنواناً فرعياً لهذه الرواية (في رثاء الرواية البوليسية)، وقدم لنا من خلالها رواية مختلفة، تكسر القوالب التي عودتنا عليها الروايات البوليسية التقليدية، من المحقق الذكي والذي لا تفوته التفاصيل ولا تحطمه الأحداث، إلى المجرم الذكي بدوره والذي يخوض لعبة عقلي [...]


    6. Can a story that starts with the murder of a little girl, ever have a happy ending?How is it possible that an innocent man confesses a crime and then kills himself?Why is a brilliant detective driven into madness by his own brilliant theory?Those are the questions raised by the book.What is interesting about this literary detective story, which, by the way, is subtitled "Requiem for the Detective Novel", is its genesis: In the beginning Dürrenmatt wrote the screenplay for a film dealing with se [...]


    7. قرر درونمات أن يعطي درسا لكتاب الرواية البوليسية في هذه الرواية وفي نفس الوقت بدا وكأنه يرسل تنبيها لتزايد الجرائم الجنسية ضد الأطفال لكن لست أدري إن كان يفعل ذلك حقا أم إنه يفعل شيئا آخر يضع دورنمات القصة في قالب واقعي ونوع الجريمة من الجرائم المنتشرة والتي تتزايد سنة بعد ا [...]


    8. I had to read this for university and I'll probably have nightmares tonight, just like I did when I watched the movie adaptation a few years back. I'm just not used to reading crime stories. I had goosebumps countless times while reading this and couldn't put it down though. A great story, although an extremely depressing one.


    9. Friedrich Dürrenmatt wrote Das Versprechen (published in English as The Pledge) after he was asked to write a film script for a project that would end up being one of the seminal moments of German/Swiss film making: Es geschah am hellichten Tag (It Happened in Broad Daylight).The 1958 version of the film is most memorable because it is somewhat unprecedented in raising public awareness of sex crimes against children. What’s more is that the film cast actors who were most known to the audience [...]


    10. من از دورنمات فقط سوء ظن رو خوندم که نظر منفیم نسبت به اون داستان رو ذیل همون کتاب توضیح دادم. در مقایسه با سوءظن این کتاب یه وضع دوگانه ای داره. از نظر استواری داستان قول خیلی بهتر از سوء ظنه. اینجا خبری از آن معجره ها و تصادف های زورکی نیست. اما از جهت دیگه در مقایسه با سوء ظن این [...]


    11. اگر بخوام قول رو با بقیه‌ی آثار دورنمات مقایسه کنم باید بگم ایده‌ی داستان از قاضی و جلادش بهتر و از سو‌ظن خیلی بهتر بود.داستان خیلی خوب شروع میشه اما از یه جایی به بعد به شدت ناپختگی داستان به چشم میاد نمیدونم چرا دورنمات با ایده‌های خوبش همچین کاری میکنه و از وسطاش خراب میکن [...]


    12. If you want the long review, click on through I absolutely LOVED this book. The Pledge is a novel of one man's obsession; it is at the same time a critique of writers who pen detective fiction and mysteries. There's no heart-pounding plot here, just a very smooth narrative of a detective's obsession with solving a case based on a promise he made. And though it was written a very long time ago, it is still a novel of great quality, 5-star reading material. I cannot recommend this novel highly eno [...]


    13. Excellent little book. Dürrenmatt, a well known avant-garde dramatist and essayist, wrote this little philosophical who-dunnit in c. 1957 and, despite some stiffness of the translation in places (common, I suppose, with books written in German), wholly successful.


    14. وای! چه قدر عجیب بود!و چه قدر مرا یاد چیزهایی انداخت که به اسم پایان‌نامه سرهم کرده‌ام!و چه قدر عمیق‌تر از آن بود!و چه قدر گیج شدم از خواندنش و دوباره اندیشیدن به نسبت انسان و واقعیتمدّت‌ها بود چنین کتابی نخوانده بودمکه آخرش من را با یک پرسشِ بی‌پاسخ ننها بگذارد! :|



    15. اولین رمان پلیسی ای بود که خوندم؛خوشم اومد:)قهرمانی که تمام ویژگی های خوب رو نداره ؛قهرمان خوبیه^_*ی جاش به نویسنده پیشنهاد میکنه که آخر داستان رو ی جور دیگه تموم کن که قهرمان؛قهرمان تر باشه:)))))



    16. L' ex-capo della polizia di Zurigo offre un passaggio in auto ad uno scrittore di gialli e durante questo viaggio, gli racconta di un vecchio caso di omicidio. Il corpicino della piccola Grietli Moser viene ritrovato seviziato in un bosco da un ambulante, che, accusato del crimine, si suicida in cella. Ad indagare sul caso è chiamato l'ispettore Matthai - ottimo investigatore e persona dal comportamento ineccepibile - che sin da subito non crede nella colpevolezza dell'indagato e promette ai ge [...]


    17. This detective story was like a sneeze that never was. I have now read three of Friedrich's detective novels, and am about to finish the fourth, and I have to say they are getting more and more bizarre. The first one, Der Richter und sein Henker, condensed the plot into concentrate, was fast moving, and wasted nothing on ornamental back stories or other accidental trimmings. The second, Der Verdacht, changed its mind on what it was half way through the story, and morphed from crime mystery to ps [...]


    18. Film only winter 2012/2013 translationpub 1958 switzerland mystery short story Adapted for the screen in 2000 in a film directed by Sean Penn and starring Jack Nicholson. Okay - I was well fed up that the film was set in US as most of the initial attraction lay in anticipation of the Swiss countryside, however after a short while that didn't matter so much as this was masterful. What a cast here: Jack Nicholson as Jerry Black Patricia Clarkson as Margaret Larsen Benicio del Toro as Toby Jay Wade [...]


    19. Wow. Just wow.In acest roman, scurt si intens ca un shot de tequila, Durrenmatt le da peste nas autorilor de romane politiste si ne demonstreaza cum munca de politist inseamna, de fapt, mult mai mult decat rationamente si indicii. Si ne arata cum, in realitate, intamplarea joaca un rol mult mai important decat s-ar crede. Uneori, chiar un rol hotarator.Avem deci de-a face cu un paradox: Fagaduiala este 100% fictiune, dar maiestria autorului imbraca romanul in haine de caz real. Haine care i se p [...]


    20. “Nothing is crueler than a genius who stumbles over something idiotic.” (“Nichts ist grausamer als ein Genie, das über etwas Idiotisches stolpert.”)The Pledge (Das Versprechen) is much more than a short murder mystery. It is a psychological thriller about what happens when obsession drives genius to madness. In this case the obsession is justice; justice for a mother whose daughter has been murdered.A young girl’s body has been found in a wooded area outside a Swiss village. She is th [...]


    21. I can see why this would have been popular when it was written in the 1950s, but nowadays it mostly just seems quaint. This is especially so because DNA testing would render the entire story pointless in today's world of mysteries. Still, it's a worthwhile and fast read, good if you have anything like a Sunday reading plan. The story is set in Switzerland, which was probably the most interesting thing about it for me. I groove on those cultural and lifestyle tidbits. This is a different sort of [...]


    22. I've read a lot of good things about this book in the past few years, perhaps because of the new translation by Joel Agee, and so I finally decided I shouldn't any longer delay reading it. Naturally, when my library ordered up a copy for me -- nowhere in the libraries of this large and populous county of New Jersey was there one to be had -- what arrived was an ancient and battered copy of the first US edition, translated by Richard and Clara Winston. Having read this version, I'm uncertain why [...]


    23. Ieri notte, quando ho iniziato "La promessa", è stato quasi un gioco: una challenge, poco sonno, voglia di leggere qualcosa di breve. Adesso, appena terminato il libro, mi sento vuota abbastanza da capire che si è trattato, probabilmente, di una delle letture più belle mai portate a termine. Al centro una promessa, quella di un poliziotto; ai lati, la folle ricerca della verità, una verità che può essere una e una sola, che forse, per qualcuno, non verrà mai a galla, o che forse è sempre [...]



    24. Peter Handke hatte Recht als er sagte 'nach dem Lesen von Das Versprechen hat man das Bedürfnis sich beim Autor zu bedanken'. Ein kluges, starkes und dabei so subtiles Buch, das sich rasch wegliest, aber noch lange nachhallt.


    25. I picked this up because Robert Bolaño name dropped Dürrenmatt in 2666 - at this point I don't even remember what he said but he spoke of him glowingly enough (or at least enticingly enough) that I picked this up (along with one other Dürrenmatt novel).I'm thinking Bolaño was thinking of a different Dürrenmatt book (or books) when he made the reference. This wasn't bad (nor was it good), it was a passable little crime novel, but there are loads better, many of them coming out of Europe over [...]


    26. این اولین رمان جنایی-پلیسی است که خواندم. کتاب را تنها به این دلیل انتخاب کردم که مترجمش عزت الله فولادوند بود و میدانستم او کتابی را بیخودی ترجمه نمیکند.کتاب از حیث روایت و جذاب بودن شاید بشود گفت یک شاهکار است و خواننده را به راستی میخکوب میکند. این کتاب را به سختی میتوان یک ک [...]


    27. خــــیلی‌خوب بود؛ خیلی!اصلاً فکر نمی‌کردم این‌طور باشه، به‌خصوص با اون صفحه‌ی اوّلِ ترغیب‌نکننده‌ش :-" ولی یه‌کم دیگه که خوندم کاملاً افتادم رو غلتک و نمی‌تونستم کنار بذارم‌ش!فک می‌کردم از این پلیسی مسخره کلیشه‌ای ـا باشه ولی نبود. و بسیاربسیار بهتر از اون چیزی بود که [...]


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