Mitleid – muss das sein?
Adolf Muschg, born in 1934, is a Swiss writer and a literary scholar. He studied German, English, and philosophy in Zurich and Cambridge. From 1964 onwards, he taught at several universities in Germany, Japan, the USA and in other countries. In 1970 was appointed professor of German Language and Literature at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zurich. He received various awards, including the Hermann-Hesse-Preis (1974) and the Georg-Büchner-Preis (1994). He has been a member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin since 1976. In addition he is a member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur at Mainz and Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung in Darmstadt. In 2003 he was elected President of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.
Selected publications: Fremdkörper: Erzählungen, Zürich 1968; Albissers Grund, Frankfurt/Main 1974; Baiyun oder die Freundschaftsgesellschaft, Frankfurt/Main 1980; Der Rote Ritter: Eine Geschichte von Parzival, Frankfurt/Main 1993; Von einem der auszog, leben zu lernen, Frankfurt/Main 2004.