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Sinners in Summertimeby Sigurd Hoel
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Fiction. Translated by Sverre Lyngstad. "You are a deceiver and as such belong to the previous generation." So begins Sigurd Hoel's SINNERS IN SUMMERTIME, a satirical novel about sex, psychoanalysis, and the arrogance of youth. Originally published in English in 1930, SINNERS IN SUMMERTIME is the story of a group of graduate students who spend the summer together along the Norwegian coast. Driven by a faith in Freud, they are determined to be honest with each other about the nature of sex in order to avoid the self-delusions they feel have plagued previous generations. What follows is a complete undermining of all their "enlightened" values, as they find themselves prone to the same romantic jealousies and uncontrollable passions. In a witty and free-flowing style, Hoel exposes the folly of youthful intellectualism, while at the same time demonstrating the passionate connections that bind all generations together.
Back in print after 70 years, this edition features an afterword by Sverre Lyngstad.
Includes bibliographical references.
Originally published in English in 1930, Sinners in Summertime takes a satirical look at sex, psychoanalysis, and the arrogance of youth. A group of students spend the summer along the Norwegian coast, determined to be honest about the nature of sex, in order to avoid the self-delusions they feel have plagued previous generations. What follows is a complete undermining of all their "enlightened" values, as they find themselves ensnared by romantic mischief. A novel of manners in an era when standards where about to break down, Sinners exposes the folly of youthful intellectualism, while also demonstrating the connections that bind all generations.
Sigurd Hoel was one of the leading literary and cultural voices of Norway in the first half of the twentieth century.
About the Author
Born in 1890 near Oslo, Norway, Sigurd Hoel was one of the leading literary and cultural voice of Norway i the first half of the twentieth century. His work as a novelist, journalist, editor, and literary and social critic demonstrated an interest in the psychological make-up of the mind matched at that time in Norway by only Henrik Ibsen and Knut Hamsun.
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