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Melancholy by Jon Fosse


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A portrait of an artist's experience studying in Germany and later in a Norwegian institution, centring on his obsession with his landlady's daughter and anxiety about his work. The book is told through his troubled thoughts, which flit about and repeat, and it is the skill of the writer and translator that this is achieved while still being very readable. ( )
  rrmmff2000 | Oct 9, 2012 |
"It is just that he plays them out so many times in his head that we see them from angles that are just slightly askew from one another. It is like a kaleidoscope of thought, and we are moving through his mind with him."

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Lars Hertervig is a provincial young Norwegian from a poor Quaker background, studying art in Germany and prone to crippling insecurities, sexual obsessions, and terrifying hallucinations. In prose as hypnotic as Beckett's or Berhard's--but earthier and funnier--the novel describes a single day of crisis and its repercussions, years later for Lars himself and a century later for a writer inspired by Hertervig's vision. Melancholy takes us into a painter's fragile consciousness, vulnerable to everything but therefore uniquely able to see its beauty and its light.… (more)

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