International Club of Berne

Sophie Book Group

  • Wednesday, 27th March 2019 at 7pm
  • Wednesday, 24th April 2019 at 7pm
  • Wednesday, 29th May 2019 at 7pm
  • Wednesday, 26th June 2019 at 7pm

Location: Place to be determined

Sophie Book Group

When                Wednesdays, at 19:00
27 March, 24 April, 29 May, 26 June
Where               Time and place to be determined
Contact            Graham Tritt
Deadline          Please register by the Monday before
Members are welcome to attend any meetings – you can choose to attend only those sessions covering the books you are interested in.


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Graham wrote
at 8:30am on Monday, 27th May 2019
About Dürrenmatt
Dürrenmatt Mansarde on Laubeggstrasse 49 - Guided tours can be arranged.

There are three more Dürrenmatt walks, on afternoons 19th of June, 16 of August, 4 September.

And also, deeper discussions on Dürrenmatt on the evenings of 5 June, 19 June, and fourth of September. These are organized by the Heilliggeist and Dreifaltigkeit churches


Hallo alle,
eine interessante Serie von Wanderungen habe ich gefunden:

Spaziergänge "Auf den Spuren Dürrenmatts"

Mondag 15 April Literaturweg Konolfingen

Dienstag 14 Mai vom BoGa zur Laubeggstrasse

Mittwoch 19 Juni Twann - Schernelz - Twann

Freitag 16 August Ins - Besuch der alten Dame

Mittwoch, 4 September Centre Dürrenmatt Neuenburg
Kirchgemeinde Heilliggeist - Maja Agyemang - 031 379 1561

Groteskes: Dürrenmatt
Verttiefungsprogramm zu den Spaziergängen
Kirchgemeinde Heilliggeist
Mittwoch 5 Juni 18:30 - 21:00
Mittwoch 19 Juni 18:30 - 21:00
Mittwoch 4 September 12:50
Auskunft und Anmeldung - Kirchgemeinde Heilliggeist Mile Nakov, 031 370 15 64


At the National Library - lots of pictures, images are online.

Center Dürrenmatt Neuchatel


Hallo alle

Ich habe ein wissentschaftliche These über Das Versprechen gefunden:

Sehr interessant aber tief ...

Eine gattungsgeschichtliche Einordnung des Kriminalromans Das Versprechen von Friedrich Dürrenmatt und des Films The Pledge (2001)
Masterarbeit, 2002
121 Seiten, Note: 1,0

Thomas Lornsen (Autor)
Graham wrote
at 8:29am on Monday, 27th May 2019
There are few people available for the talk Wednesday
on Tolstoy's "Master and Man". I propose to forget this book.

The following book is "Das Versprechen" (The Pledge") by Friedrich Dürrenmatt.

Suggestions for the next books are welcome.

Graham wrote
at 1:42pm on Friday, 3rd May 2019
We read next "Master and Man" by Fyodor Dostoyevski.
YOu can download this from
I will put a version online and I can email it, or print it and send it, to anyone who needs it.

The following book is "Das Versprechen" (The Pledge") by Friedrich Dürrenmatt.
Graham wrote
at 1:40pm on Friday, 3rd May 2019
Further comments on "The Pearl"
- a terrifying book. A good life is destroyed, and there is no way out.
- survival is at stake. the native way of life is stable, secure, happy.
- this way does not survive the pressures of money (indirectly colonialism, capitalism, evil)
Graham wrote
at 9:54am on Saturday, 27th April 2019
Books - thinking of some cultures around us.
Preferable to read in the original, if we can.
But a good translation is better than nothing.
1. Hermann Hesse - we have read Siddartha and I think Demian
2. Goethe - something short and simple ? Does that exist?
3. Italian
Dante Alighieri - Divine Comedy
Niccolo Machiavelli - The Prince
4. French ... The Little Prince we discussed. We did talk further
5. Swiss. ...
Max Frisch - Homo Faber we discussed.
Durrenmatt - Das Versprechen = The Plege.
Graham wrote
at 9:42am on Saturday, 27th April 2019
Side themes of our meeeting
1. Schreckmümpfeli, the gruesome stories on radio SRF1 on Monday evenings at 23:00 after the news.
2. Überwachung, supervision, monitoring, transparent people, data. The Chinese and Uigurs. The books Zero and Wurfel.
3. The referenda on May 19: EU weapon law, CHF and tax change
4. Philosophy. Calvin and Hobbes. Siddartha / Hermann Hesse.
Graham wrote
at 9:34am on Saturday, 27th April 2019
Some comments, as I review my chaotic notes.
1. The Pearl is a morality tale. A long parable. The destruction which wealth brings to the soul. Other such stories: Aseop, ...
2. A very harsh critique of colonialization. The Spanish conquerors 400 years of subjugation. Corruption e.g. the pearl buyers. The Church. Supression of culture and language.
3. A big theme of respect. Between the villagers, families, persons.
And lack of respect, between the classes.
4. Other books by John Steinbeck. These are all "must reads" in every lifetime? The Grapes of Wrath. Tortilla Flat.
Graham wrote
at 9:27am on Saturday, 27th April 2019
Again we were only three. Question: where are the others? Slowly for various differrent reasons, they are dropping out. Answer: we open each event to all the members, even non-ICB, and advertise the books better.
Graham wrote
at 5:39pm on Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
23 April: ok for Mary, Peter, Graham
Graham wrote
at 5:39pm on Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
Also you can read it online here:


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By Graham on 16th May

Come to the Upstage Theater.

Twelve jurors argue about the fate of a young man accused of violently killing his father. If found guilty, he faces a death sentence. This classic courtroom drama is a study of ordinary men and womenin an intense situation, as they are forced to question their assumptions and biases in trying to reach a unanimous verdict.

16, 17, 18, 23, 23, 25 May at 19:30 except the last performance, 17:00. You must resereve and buy your own tickets

Friday 17 Wine-Tasting full up

Saturday Museum Night Montreux Vevey Lausanne Neuchatel see other events

Sunday 19 Walk (Thun) cancelled, poor weather.

Saturday International Museum Day Basel Zurich Neuchatel see other events

Tuesday 21 Italian Cafe

Thursday 23  German Stammtisch

Sunday 26 Walk & Talk – Plants from Asia 


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