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MYSTERIES.

Hamsun, Knut. (Text) Bothmer, Gerry. (Trans.)

ISBN 10: 0374217645 / ISBN 13: 9780374217648
Published by FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX., NY, 1971
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First edition. (this translation) Near fine in a near fine dj. (Hint of mild foxing at edges. Mauve hue on spine of dj. discolored.). Bookseller Inventory # 314070

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Title: MYSTERIES.

Publisher: FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX., NY

Publication Date: 1971

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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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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The main character, like the title says, is a mysterious guy. Nagel arrives in a Norwegian town with plenty of money and goodwill, and though kind of an eccentric, seems to start to fit in with the local crowd. But it's almost as if Nagel only just landed on Earth, and while he wishes to live correctly, has no idea how to do it. Published at the end of the last century, Mysteries is an existentialist novel, very strange, often very funny, often sad and largely asking the question, "Why live?"

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