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Mysteries - Knut Hamsun, Sverre Lyngstad
Mysteries
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Mysteries (1892) is the story of Johan Nilsen Nagel, a mysterious stranger who suddenly turns up in a small Norwegian town one summer-and just as suddenly disappears. Nagel is a complete outsider, a sort of modern Christ treated in a spirit of near parody. He condemns the politics and thought of... show more
Mysteries (1892) is the story of Johan Nilsen Nagel, a mysterious stranger who suddenly turns up in a small Norwegian town one summer-and just as suddenly disappears. Nagel is a complete outsider, a sort of modern Christ treated in a spirit of near parody. He condemns the politics and thought of the age, brings comfort to the insulted and injured and gains the love of two women suggestive of the biblical Mary and Martha. But there is a sinister side of him: in his vest he carries a vial of Prussic acid. The novel creates a powerful sense of Nagel's stream of thought, as he increasingly withdraws into the torture chamber of his own subconscious psyche.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780141186184 (0141186186)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Edition language: English
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Edward
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pseudolibrary
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It's a book you need to set aside time for. I think those who like Updike and Bellow will really dig this.
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My copy of this book heaps extravagant praise on Hamsun and I began reading with my skeptical faculties on full alert (because there's usually an inverse relationship between the height of the heap of praise and the quality of the book). But this time the accolades are justified.Hamsun, like Ibsen a...
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