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Niels Lyhne (original 1880; edition 2005)

by Jens Peter Jacobsen (Author)

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Title:Niels Lyhne
Authors:Jens Peter Jacobsen (Author)
Info:Wildside Press (2005), Edition: 1st., 158 pages
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Classic novel on the challenge for a still constrained Nordic culture in absorbing Europe’s expansive ideals. ( )
  nielspeterqm | Jul 7, 2014 |
Fantastisk klassiker. Heldigvis er ikke al gymnasielæsning Kongens Fald! ( )
  Tonny | Mar 9, 2008 |
3691. Niels Lyhne, by Jens Jacobsen (read 31 Jan 2003) I read this 1880 Danish novel because Sebastian Haffner in his book Defying Hitler (read 13 Jan 2003) referred to it in telling of his youthful reading. I found it rather pointless and not too enjoyable though it reminded me of Goethe's Sorrows of Young Werther, which I read with much appreciation 9 Jan 1972. But there are things, on reflection, to be said for this doleful, dreamy novel. ( )
  Schmerguls | Nov 16, 2007 |
Rilke was right! J.P. Jacobsen is the greatest of all! ( )
1 vote pauliensijbers | Jul 23, 2007 |
Lyrical! I have just finished my third read (after about 10 years from the second) and have found this more wonderful and moving than ever -- especially after reading Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins. This novel is an absolute must for all rationalists and free-thinkers! One can live a full and good life and die a "happy death" to borrow Camus' phrase, with out the crutch of religion or a belief in god(s).

-Jim ( )
1 vote rmckeown | Nov 25, 2006 |
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Niels Lyhne is an aspiring poet, torn between romanticism and realism, faith and reason. Through his relationships with six women—including his young widowed aunt, a seductive free spirit, and his passionate cousin who marries his friend—his search for purpose becomes a yielding to disillusionment. One of Danish literature's greatest novels, with nods to Kierkegaard and a protagonist some critics have compared to Hamlet, Jacobsen's masterpiece has at its center a young man who faces the anguish of the human condition but cannot find comfort in the Christian faith. Tiina Nunnally's award-winning translation offers readers a chance to experience anew a writer deeply revered by Rilke, Ibsen, Mann, and Hesse.

 

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