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Doctor Glas : a novel by Hjalmar Söderberg

Doctor Glas : a novel (original 1905; edition 2002)

by Hjalmar Söderberg, Paul Britten Austin (Translator)

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Title:Doctor Glas : a novel
Authors:Hjalmar Söderberg
Other authors:Paul Britten Austin (Translator)
Info:New York : Anchor Books, 2002.
Collections:Your library
Tags:Swedish literature

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Doctor Glas by Hjalmar Söderberg (1905)

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"Can a man allow the one he loves to be violated and defiled and trampled before his very eyes?", 8 September 2015

This review is from: Doctor Glas: A Novel (Paperback)
An extremely compelling read: a diary by the eponymous doctor, a 34 year old who has never been with a woman. One day he is approached by Helga Gregorius, the lovely young wife of the grotesque elderly pastor. She seeks the Doctor's assistance in somehow avoiding the attentions of her husband which are repugnant to her - especially as she has a lover...
As we read the Doctor's diary, we learn of his opinions - forward thinking for the time (1905) - on such matters as euthanasia and abortion, although he dismisses young woman who seek his help for the latter, thinking of his career. But there could be exceptions to the Doctor's professionalism: "Morality is made for man, not man for morality; and it is to be used with discretion, taken 'with a pinch of salt'. It is prudence to adopt to the customs of one's surroundings; it is a folly to do so with conviction."
We read too of his loneliness, and the emptiness of his life, as the weeks roll past in a hot Stockholm summer...
I read this in one sitting. Compulsive - but I would've liked a more definitive conclusion. ( )
  starbox | Sep 7, 2015 |
Brooding. Creepy, but also quite poignant, like a philosophical version of "The Tell-Tale Heart".
  rmaitzen | Feb 7, 2014 |
Doctor Glas is a Swedish classic that I hated when I had to read in high school. Now I think it is absolutely fantastic with memorable quotes inserted in the text. The daydreaming doctor who take disgust towards his patient's husband. So bad that he plans to murder him so his wife can escape him. The novel is a unique classic with its melancholy, but thoughtful language. ( )
1 vote Drusus | Sep 8, 2011 |
This short book deals with a doctor's obsession with a married woman abused by her husband. In his solitary life, his outlet for his thoughts and feelings is his diary, the medium by which we learn the story. It is a psychological story turning over moral issues and the effect they have in those tortured by them. Like Ibsen, feels modern for its time in its background of social change, but the ethical questions covered are timeless. ( )
  rrmmff2000 | Jul 18, 2011 |
I read this book for the Reading Globally Sweden theme read. This grim but haunting and beautifully written book takes the form of the private thoughts/diary of a Swedish doctor at the turn of the last century who becomes obsessed with the problems of a young female patient who is disgusted by her husband and comes to contemplate murder. Written at at a time when psychiatry was just becoming more widespread, this short novel, almost stream of consciousness, gives the reader deep insight into the narrator's mind, arguments with himself, and self-delusion. It was marred slightly for me by a few anti-Semitic remarks, which I took to be be (sadly) typical of the time and place.
2 vote rebeccanyc | Apr 19, 2010 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Hjalmar Söderbergprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hart, Maarten 'tAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Raaff, HenkTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wright, RochelleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Jag har aldrig sett en sådan sommar.
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Man vill bli älskad, i brist därpå beundrad, i brist därpå fruktad, i brist därpå avskydd och föraktad. Man vill ingiva människorna något slags känsla. Själen ryser för tomrummet och vill kontakt till vad pris som helst.
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Stark, brooding, and enormously controversial when first published in 1905, this astonishing novel juxtaposes impressions of fin-de-siècle Stockholm against the psychological landscape of a man besieged by obsession. Lonely and introspective, Doctor Glas has long felt an instinctive hostility toward the odious local minister. So when the minister’s beautiful wife complains of her husband’s oppressive sexual attentions, Doctor Glas finds himself contemplating murder. A masterpiece of enduring power, Doctor Glas confronts a chilling moral quandary with gripping intensity.

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