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Mysteries. Translated from the Norwegian by Gerry Bothmer.

Hamsun, Knut.

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ISBN 10: 0374217645 / ISBN 13: 9780374217648
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, New York, 1971
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A Fine copy in a Near Fine, unclipped dust jacket with slight darkening to front panel. In a Norwegian coastal town, society's carefully woven threads begin to unravel when an unsettling stranger named Johan Nagel arrives. With an often brutal insight into human nature, Nagel draws out the townsfolk, exposing their darkest instincts and suppressed desires. At once arrogant and unassuming, righteous and depraved, Nagel seduces the entire community even as he turns it on its headóbefore disappearing as suddenly as he arrived. Bookseller Inventory # 25678

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Title: Mysteries. Translated from the Norwegian by ...

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 1971

Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition.

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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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First published in 1892, Mysteries revolves around a small Norwegian coastal town turned on end by the sudden appearance of Johan Nagel, the prototypical social outcast -- a wanderer, dropout, and eternal foe of the establishment. Nagel becomes the catalyst that brings to the surface all the hidden impulses, concealed thoughts, and dark instincts of the townspeople. For weeks he disrupts the community with his eccentricities, only to disappear just as suddenly as he arrived.

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