Lukas Bärfuss

Swiss dramatists
Lukas Bärfuss

Lukas Bärfuss (born 1971) – regarded as one of the most outstanding Swiss dramatists of his generation. Apart from numerous plays (The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents, The Bus), he also wrote some novels. In his works, Bärfuss depicts complicated and ambiguous interpersonal relations. He unmasks the brutal mechanisms of power and politics, against which the individual is always in a losing position. Bärfuss’s prose lays emphasis on contradicting established moral conventions and clear ethical divisions. In his much commented-upon debut novel One Hundred Days (Polish translation published by Ha!art in 2010), Bärfuss depicts the postcolonial nightmare of the civil war in Rwanda. On the one hand, the author opposes the hypocrisy of Western public opinion, which tried to marginalise this conflict and reduce its importance by treating it as local tribal fights; on the other hand, he ridicules and invalidates the idealistic perspective of the main protagonist, which is permeated with neo-colonial egoism and naivety. Bärfuss presents the naked truth about contemporary genocides, in which nobody is without fault.