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In a Norwegian coastal town, societys carefully woven threads begin to unravel when an unsettling stranger named Johan Nagel arrives. With an often brutal insight into human nature, Nagel draws out the townsfolk, exposing their darkest instincts and suppressed desires. At once arrogant and unassuming, righteous and depraved, Nagel seduces the entire community even as he turns it on its head—before disappearing as suddenly as he arrived.
Knut Hamsun (1859–1952) was a Norwegian novelist, poet, and playwright. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920.
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In a Norwegian coastal town, society's carefully woven threads begin to unravel when an unsettling stranger named Johan Nagel arrives. With an unsparing and often brutal insight into human nature, Nagel draws out the townsfolk, exposing their darkest instincts and suppressed desires. At once arrogant and unassuming, righteous and depraved, sad and truly mad, Nagel seduces the entire community even as he turns it on its end—before disappearing as suddenly as he arrived. Mysteries includes an introduction by Sven Birkerts and an afterword by Isaac Bashevis Singer and has been called "one of the great seminal works of nineteenth-century European literature" by Raymond Rosenthal in the Saturday Review.
"Mysteries is as immediate and haunting as last night's dreams (or nightmares)." —Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
 
"Hamsun, perhaps more than any other writer, prefigured the techniques and attitudes of modernism." —Peter S. Prescott, Newsweek

Synopsis:

In a Norwegian coastal town, society's carefully woven threads begin to unravel when an unsettling stranger named Johan Nagel arrives. With an often brutal insight into human nature, Nagel draws out the townsfolk, exposing their darkest instincts and suppressed desires. At once arrogant and unassuming, righteous and depraved, Nagel seduces the entire community even as he turns it on its head--before disappearing as suddenly as he arrived.

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Knut Hamsun (1859-1952) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374530297
Introduction:
Birkerts, Sven
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Translator:
Bothmer, Gerry
Introduction:
Birkerts, Sven
Author:
Birkerts, Sven
Author:
Hamsun, Knut
Author:
Bothmer, Gerry
Author:
Singer, Isaac Bashevis
Afterword:
Singer, Isaac Bashevis
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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In a Norwegian coastal town, society's carefully woven threads begin to unravel when an unsettling stranger named Johan Nagel arrives. With an often brutal insight into human nature, Nagel draws out the townsfolk, exposing their darkest instincts and suppressed desires. At once arrogant and unassuming, righteous and depraved, Nagel seduces the entire community even as he turns it on its head--before disappearing as suddenly as he arrived.

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