UrsZürcher cAyseYavas 2 r©Ayse YavasUrs Zürcher, Ph.D., studied History, Philosophy and German Literature in Basel, and has a Ph.D. from Zurich University. He was a lecturer at Basel University and a teacher and head of department at a training college in Basel.

Urs Zürcher's doctoral thesis about teratology (»Monsters or Freaks of Nature«) was published by Campus Verlag. He also published articles and essays in various magazines. »Der Innerschweizer« is his first novel.

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 Urs Zürcher, Begehren


(September 2023)
244 pp


BEGEHREN is about the fragile nature of friendships, of envy and eros, of the dégout in the lives of people in their late forties.

Their names are Mara, Charly, Zora, Nico... and Grace. Mara, the journalist, would have uncovered Watergate had she been a journalist then; Zora, who does PR for a scandalous company; Charly, the brewer who writes poetry; Nico, the educated teacher who talks about identity politics and the Green Party. Chance encounters whose intersection is the Readers Society and an interest in poetry. And Grace?

Urs Zürcher, Überwintern


bilgerverlag (April 2020)
431 pp


Against the background of a world of crises and upheavals, OVERWINTER tells the story of the radicalisation of two young men who could not be more different.

Benjamin and Jonas fight in the schoolyard. The rebellious outsider Jonas and the career-conscious college student Benjamin. Although many things separate them, a kind of friendship develops. Their paths diverge, but weariness and boredom in the face of a seemingly pointless world bring them together again and again.

The more angry they become, the more insignificant and dishonest their familiar surroundings become. They have nothing but their unlimited masculinity to oppose a world that appears cynical and talkative. They break off all connections and move east as mercenaries.



bilgerverlag (August 2018)
240 pp


What happens when life is reset like an electronic system?

A country road in the fog. A car crashes. A man wakes up in ICU with no memory of who he is or where he belongs. His life is a dull blank - and an increasingly contested waste land. A woman who pretends to be his wife, a psychologist who craves recognition both squeeze into the book of memories. It is a photograph that finally triggers an unexpected turn of events.

Urs Zürcher's cinematographic novel Alberts Verlust is a sad and bizarre psychodrama set in a remote auberge in the moody landscape of autumnal Swiss Jura.

Urs Zürcher Der Innerschweizer


bilgerverlag (February 2014)
ca. 650 pp

Basel 1980: For a young man from the hinterland, the city becomes the place of tumultuous, apocalyptic riots. The student becomes the breathless chronicler of a world that collapses without warning. The Cold War turns hot, and the Switzerland we knew ends up in a geopolitical conflagration.

Urs Zürcher's remarkable debut asks the seemingly innocent question what might have been if. It's a clever, grotesque and entirely original literary mix of fiction and historical truth.

DER INNERSCHWEIZER is a novel like a foehn storm that hits Switzerland and Europe, turning everything upside down.