Adolf Muschg

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Adolf Muschg
Born (1934-05-13) 13 May 1934
Zollikon, Switzerland
Occupation(s)Writer, professor

Adolf Muschg (born 13 May 1934) is a Swiss writer and professor of literature. Muschg was a member of the Gruppe Olten.


Adolf Muschg was born in Zollikon, canton of Zürich, Switzerland. He studied German studies, English studies and philosophy at the universities of Zürich and Cambridge and earned his doctoral degree with a work about Ernst Barlach.

Between 1959 and 1962, he worked as a teacher in Zürich. Different engagements as a teacher followed in (Göttingen), Japan and the US. From 1970 to 1999 Muschg was professor of German language and literature at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zürich.

He wrote the foreword to Fritz Zorn's controversial memoirs Mars. The book pointed out the supposedly "cancer-causing" lifestyle of Zurich's wealthy gold coast and provoked a scandal in Switzerland; its author died of cancer before its release. Muschg was also provocative with works like Wenn Auschwitz in der Schweiz liegt ("If Auschwitz were in Switzerland"). His detractors suggest that Muschg was writing without direct experience. A theme of his newer works is often love in old age.

Since 1976 he has been a member of the Academy of Arts, Berlin; he is also a member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz and the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung, Darmstadt. In 2003 he was elected president of the Berlin Academy but left the presidency in December 2005 because of disagreements with the academy's senate about public relations.

Muschg lives in Männedorf near Zürich. His estate is archived in the Swiss Literary Archives in Bern.



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  1. ^ "Preisträgerinnen und Preisträger 1932 bis 1998". Stadt Zürich (in German). 29 November 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Adolf Muschg erster Preisträger des neu ausgelobten Preis der Internationalen Hermann Hesse Gesellschaft". Internationale Hermann Hesse Gesellschaft e. V. (in German). 16 March 2017. Archived from the original on 29 August 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Schweizer Adolf Muschg erhält neu geschaffenen Hesse-Preis". Schwäbisches Tagblatt (in German). 14 March 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2018.

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