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Doktor Glas (original 1905; edition 2010)

by Hjalmar Söderberg

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Title:Doktor Glas
Authors:Hjalmar Söderberg
Info:Stockholm : Bonnier, 2010
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Doctor Glas by Hjalmar Söderberg (1905)

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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 |
Brilliant - convincing study of obsession and also thought-provoking about self-deception and the meaning of human life. ( )
1 vote wandering_star | Dec 20, 2009 |
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Hart, Maarten 'tAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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