The Grotesque World of Court in the Variants of F. Dürrenmatt’s “Accident”

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Markova E.A.

Postgraduate student at the Chair of Foreign Journalism and Literature, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

e-mail: e-markova@

Section: History of Journalism

For Friedrich Durrenmatt, the Swiss writer and playwright, grotesque was an important part of his art world. The same can be said about Franz, Kafka. Radio play (and one of its variants — short story) “Crash” by Durrenmatt and Kafka’s novel “The Trial” have many common features: the very construction of the plot, based on surprise; paradox of that is happening, laughter that was originating by the national carnival. And of course the model of the court is important to reveal the se­crets, make hidden things public. Kafka and Durrenmatt (whose works were created almost 30 years apart) respond to the same question: can the everyman be guilty and that if he will open his eyes to his life?

Keywords: grotesque, Durrenmatt, Kafka, the motive of the trial in literature