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Mysteries

Hamsun, Knut

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ISBN 10: 0374217645 / ISBN 13: 9780374217648
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, NY, 1971
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Copy has slight rubbing, mylar protected dj has rubbing, 2" closed tear lower back near spine, minor edgewear with a few tiny knicks. Translated from the Norwegian by Gerry Bothmer. In the great cycle of Hamsun's development, Mysteries, originally published in 1892, follows Hunger and precedes Pan. Taken together these three separate novels reveal one act of the author's own spiritual drama. Mystery and excitement, strange characters, sanity and madness, the story of a man cursed with the merciless gift of unsparing insight into the human soul, particularly his own. Unorthodox treatment of the demonic, a remarkable and revolutionary novel. 340pp. Desirable!. Bookseller Inventory # 000794

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Title: Mysteries

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, NY

Publication Date: 1971

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Edition: 1st Edition, 1st Printing

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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 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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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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