Once a Greek

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Once a Greek
First edition
Author Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Original title Grieche sucht Griechin
Translator Richard Winston
Clara Winston
Country Switzerland
Language German
Publisher Verlag der Arche
Publication date
Published in English
Pages 199

Once a Greek is a 1955 novel by the Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Its original German title is Grieche sucht Griechin, which means "Greek man seeks Greek woman". It tells the story of a shy, middle-aged book-keeping assistant, who becomes popular and successful overnight when he decides to get married.


Kurt Vonnegut reviewed the book for The New York Times in 1965. Vonnegut compared Dürrenmatt's stories to Swiss clockworks, and wrote that the author "is a fascinating, endearing maker of clocks. He chooses to write this way, invented this way of writing. The puzzle is: He seems to be attacking something brilliantly, but what is it?" Vonnegut wrote: "His jokes are Jungian jokes, it seems to me--private, Kraut, mythological. And, while he seems to protest against the absurdities of modern times, he doesn't care enough about them to learn much about them. What we have here is an elegant exploration of a Jungian dream."[1]

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  1. ^ Vonnegut, Kurt (1965-06-13). "Everything Goes Like Clockwork". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-05.