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 10:10am on Monday, 10th June 2019
Wednesday 19 June Twann - Schernelz - Twann
Spaziergänge «Auf den Spuren Dürrenmatts»

Besammlung: 12.00 Uhr Treffpunkt HB Bern
Abfahrt: 12.12 Uhr nach Biel, Ankunft Twann 12.57 Uhr
Spaziergang: Pilgerweg nach Ligerz über Schernelz zurück nach Twann.
Zvieri im Restaurant Aux trois Amis.
Spazierzeit: 2 Std., Distanz ca. 4,5 km, auf 136m, ab 136m
Billett: Bern-Twann / Biel-Bern
Rückfahrt: Twann Schiffstation ab 16.00 Uhr, Bern an 17.18 Uhr
Graham wrote
at 10:01am on Monday, 10th June 2019
We should be talking about Tolstoy. June 26.
Or another day to be decided?

New member: Marianne Senn.

Next scheduled meeting: July 29

Interesting reading: Orell Füssli magazine (pick it up at the bookshop 2UG under Loeb)

Graham wrote
at 3:46pm on Tuesday, 28th May 2019
We delay (or cancel) the meeting of 29 May because not all the regular attendees can come. We discuss on the mailing list when we will discuss "Master and Man" by Tolstoy.
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.


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11 Tuesday 7:00pm - Café Italiano
13 Thursday 5:00pm - Crossbow Shooting and Dinner with Expat group, Zollikofen
13 Thursday 7:00pm - Irish Café
15 Saturday 11:00am - 14:00 pm  British School Summer Fair Rufenacht
15 Saturday 10:00am - 14:00 pm St Ursula Summer Fête
16 Sunday 10:00am - Fathers' Day Hike to Ulmizberg and Grill/Picnic
18 Tuesday 7:00pm - Club Meeting -- Brain Health
18 Wednesday 12:00pm - Walk - Twann - Schernelz
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