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Frayn, Michael

Works: 433 works in 1,442 publications in 8 languages and 33,890 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Domestic fiction  Biography  Political fiction  Film adaptations  Satire  Suspense fiction  History  Humorous stories 
Roles: Translator, Adapter, Author of screenplay, Creator, Bibliographic antecedent, Scenarist, Contributor, Other, Librettist, Recipient, Writer of accompanying material, Editor
Classifications: PR6056.R3, 823.914
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Most widely held works by Michael Frayn
Noises off : a play in three acts by Michael Frayn ( Book )
29 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,918 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Noises off, the classic farce by the Tony Award-winning author of Copenhagen, is not one play but two: simultaneously a traditional sex farce, Nothing On, and the backstage "drama" that develops during Nothing On's final rehearsal and tour. The two begin to interlock as the characters make their exits from Nothing On only to find themselves making entrances into the even worse nightmare going on backstage. In the end, at the disastrous final performance, the two plots can be kept separate no longer, and coalesce into a single collective nervous breakdown
Spies : a novel by Michael Frayn ( Book )
40 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When a long-forgotten scent forces Stephen Wheatley to confront his past, he starts to remember a troubling childhood summer in wartime London where an imaginative child's game of playing spies wreaked havoc upon innocent lives
Headlong a novel by Michael Frayn ( Book )
36 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 1,816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A British comedy in which academic Martin Clay is asked by a boorish country squire to assess his paintings. Clay spots what he suspects is a Bruegel and so begins a tale of lies and concealment as he schemes to separate the painting from its owner. By the author of Now You Know
The human touch : our part in the creation of a universe by Michael Frayn ( Book )
17 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What do we really know? What are we in relation to the world around us? Playwright and novelist Frayn takes on the great questions of his career--and of our lives. Humankind, scientists agree, is an insignificant speck in the impersonal vastness of the universe. But what would that universe be like if we were not here to say something about it? Would there be numbers if there were no one to count them? With wit, charm, and brilliance, this epic work of philosophy sets out to make sense of our place in the scheme of things. Our contact with the world around us, Michael Frayn shows, is always fleeting and indeterminate, yet we have nevertheless had to fashion a comprehensible universe in which action is possible. But how do we distinguish our subjective experience from what is objectively true and knowable?--From publisher description
Benefactors : a play in two acts by Michael Frayn ( Book )
15 editions published between 1984 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,036 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wild honey : the untitled play by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov ( Book )
18 editions published between 1984 and 1987 in English and held by 1,014 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Adaptation of Chekhov's play known as Platonov or A Country Scandal. Romantic farce about fickle schoolmaster in 19th century Russia. 2 acts, 4 scenes, 12 men, 4 women, 1 setting
A landing on the sun by Michael Frayn ( Book )
15 editions published between 1991 and 2003 in English and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Cabinet Officer Brian Jessel reconstructs the last few months of Summerchild, a civil servant, who fell to his death fifteen years ago
The trick of it by Michael Frayn ( Book )
19 editions published between 1989 and 2002 in English and held by 849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Een academicus verwerft zich een rol in het persoonlijke leven van zijn favoriete schrijfster
Skios : a novel by Michael Frayn ( Book )
6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Dutch and held by 805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
While foundation organizer Nikki falls for a charismatic speaker during a science retreat on a Greek island, her longtime friend, Georgie, finds her plans for a romantic weekend shattered by a temperamental scientist who has lost his senses
Now you know by Michael Frayn ( Book )
18 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One evening walking through the little backstreets behind the Strand, past the bin-bags and the huddled figures in the doorways, to the run-down block where Terry's pressure group has its headquarters?
Copenhagen by Michael Frayn ( Book )
11 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Copenhagen is a reimagining of the mysterious wartime meeting between two Nobel laureates to discuss the atomic bomb. In 1941 the German physicist Werner Heisenberg made a strange trip to Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. They were old friends and close colleagues, and they had revolutionized atomic physics in the 1920s with their work together on quantum mechanics and the uncertainty principle. But now the world had changed, and the two men were on opposite sides in a world war. The meeting was fraught with danger and embarrassment; it ended in disaster." "Why Heisenberg went to Copenhagen and what he wanted to say to Bohr are questions that have exercised historians ever since. In Michael Frayn's new play, an ambitious, fiercely intelligent, and daring dramatic sensation, Heisenberg meets Bohr and his wife, Margrethe, once again to look for the answers and to work out - just as they had worked out the internal functioning of the atom - how we can ever know why we do what we do."--BOOK JACKET
Copenhagen by Michael Frayn ( Book )
41 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and Ukrainian and held by 682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Three characters return to Copenhagen to conduct experiments into the mysteries of the world. The play ends in disaster as the three characters delve into the stranger mysteries of the world within
Sweet dreams by Michael Frayn ( Book )
28 editions published between 1973 and 2003 in English and held by 658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Great railway journeys of the world ( Book )
4 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A very private life by Michael Frayn ( Book )
24 editions published between 1968 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rebellious teenage "Inside" girl, who won't take her hallucinogens, goes forth from privillege into "Outside" in search of love. Set in the distant future
Democracy : a play by Michael Frayn ( Book )
12 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Democracy, Michael Frayn once again creates out of the known events of twentieth-century history a drama of extraordinary urgency and subtlety, reimagining the interactions and motivations of Willy Brandt as he became chancellor of West Germany in 1966 and those of his political circle, including Gunter Guillaume, a functionary who became Brandt's personal assistant-and who was eventually exposed as an East German spy in a discovery that helped force Brandt from office. But what circumstances allowed Brandt to become the first left-wing chancellor in forty years? And why, given his progressive policies, did the East German secret police feel it necessary to plant a spy in his office and risk bringing down his government? Michael Frayn writes in his postscript to the play, "Complexity is what the play is about: the complexity of human arrangements and of human beings themselves, and the difficulties that this creates in both shaping and understanding our actions."
The tin men by Michael Frayn ( Book )
36 editions published between 1965 and 2003 in English and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Why not program computers to take over the really dull jobs that human beings have to do - such as praying and behaving morally? At the William Morris Institute of Automation Research they are doing just that to free mankind for the really stimulating and demanding tasks of living today - first and foremost the impending visit of Her Majesty the Queen to open its new wing."--BOOK JACKET
The Russian interpreter by Michael Frayn ( Book )
25 editions published between 1966 and 2005 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
At a Moscow University, an English graduate student's life becomes a sore and baffling series of Chinese-box adventures when he becomes interpreter to a mysterious stranger
Plays--one by Michael Frayn ( Book )
15 editions published between 1985 and 2000 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Skios : a novel by Michael Frayn ( Book )
12 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Czech and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On the sunlit Greek island of Skios, the Fred Toppler Foundation's annual lecture is to be given by Dr Norman Wilfred, the world-famous authority on the scientific organisation of science. He turns out to be surprisingly young and charming -- not at all the intimidating figure they had been expecting
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Alternative Names
Frejn, Maikl.
Frejn, Majkl 1933-
Housemonger, Robin 1933- Pseudonym
フレイン, マイケル
English (487)
German (2)
French (1)
Ukrainian (1)
Italian (1)
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