Swiss Author Hermann Burger an Apparent Suicide
BRUNEGG, Switzerland (AP) _ Hermann Burger, a Swiss writer known mostly to German-language readers for his brooding novels, has died of an overdose of pills in an apparent suicide at the age of 46, a district attorney said Thursday.
Burger had been dead for several days when worried relatives and friends found his body at his home Wednesday night, said Walter Sandmeier, the district attorney for Aargau canton.
Burger, a friend of recently elected Swiss defense minister Kaspar Villiger, received several literary prizes during his two-decade career, which also included a stint as a journalist.
In recent days, he got mixed reviews for his latest novel, intended as start of a three-book series.
His 1982 novel ″The Artificial Mother″ was considered his best. Like most of his works, it tells of the protagonist’s fight against a psychosomatic ailment.
Burger was the first German-language author to employ a professional public relations adviser.