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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Press; Reprint edition (29 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585676519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585676514
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Extraordinary and enthralling dark comedy... completely absorbing'... Quirky, thought-provoking and ingeniously organised' - TLS 'Written with a lightness of touch that conveys more in a single chapter than most novels manage in their entirety... quite simply a gem' - Time Out 'Readers of Lindgren's powerful and individual novels will find this rich in interest...moving as well as an intellectually challenging experience' - Independent 'A book full of dark humour as well as pleasing comic inversions' - New Statesman 'Lindgren is renowned as one of Swedish literature's most accomplished stylists, and Geddes' translation does his [work] justice' - Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Torgny Lindgren is widely hailed as one of the most prominent literary figures on the world scene today. He has been awarded the August Prize, the Swedish National Book Award, and the Nordic Prize, and his novels have been published in more than twenty-five languages. In 1991, Lindgren was elected to the Swedish Academy, the eighteen-member committee that selects the honorees for the Nobel Prize for Literature. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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absolutely brilliant.! along the way of reading this book i revelled in the descriptions of time and place, laughed out loud at peoples conversations , asides and observations , loved the simple construction of the story and the life affirming finish!
Without a doubt i will purchase more of Herr Lindgren"s work and just hope it is half as good as "HASH" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 15 May 2014
By The Potentialist - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a great book by possibly the greatest living writer. Torgny Lindgren is revered all around the world but is not read much in the US. He has three books in a kind of trilogy of dark humor. The books are funny like Italo Calvino, Samuel Beckett, Voltaire, Swift or Cervantes are funny. The other two books of Lindren's possible trilogy are Sweetness, and Light. All three are very dark and very funny. They are about illnesses often plague-like illnesses and about choices and grudges and traditional foods and bad choices.
If you like books that make you think then read this.
If you like only American author's skip this.
If you watch a lot of TV skip this.
This is the work of a genius.
If you like the Dalkey Archive then buy it today.
If you like Flann O'brien, Par Lagerkvist, Italo Calvino, Voltaire, Oe, etc read this.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars probably Lindgren's best novel in English 4 Jun. 2010
By A. C. Walter - Published on
Format: Paperback
In post-war Sweden a middle-aged reporter--whose articles resemble fairy tales more than real journalism--receives a devastating letter from his editor, ending with the line: I forbid you to write another word! The reporter takes this ban literally and immediately renounces his vocation. But 50 years later, at the age of 107, he unexpectedly finds the ban lifted. He takes up exactly where he left off, chronicling the near-mystical, life-changing effects of Swedish hash (minced meat that is spiced and cured) on a pair of very eccentric men.

This novel was a slow knockout. Lindgren's peculiar creativity snuck up on me, and my enthusiasm for the book just grew and grew through the course of the story. It was a near-perfect blend of enigma, quirky humor, metafiction, and magical realism. In fact, the novel is comparable to some of the better efforts of Haruki Murakami, Richard Brautigan, and Mark Helprin. Here Lindgren has fashioned a piece of absorbing literary whimsy, an ideal read for anyone who enjoys getting lost in a bizarre dream world.

After this, Lindgren's next best novel in English translation is probably Light. However, the story collection Merab's Beauty may be a little better than either of them!
1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Plot? 30 Dec. 2009
By Stuart Macdonald - Published on
Format: Paperback
My girlfriend's brother enjoyed the Swedish version of this book and bought me the English version for Christmas. He stated that the Swedish version was written in a distinct dialect that made the book quite funny and enjoyable. He hoped that the translation could capture some of the humour.

I looked forward to reading a tale about the country I'm now living in and started the book on the train ride back from Christmas. Fifty pages in and there was no real plot; I searched my bag for an unread book. After having no luck, I bought a coffee and continued on. Unfortunately, it didn't get any better.

Dialogue was followed by more dialogue, the story wandered around never really getting anywhere interesting. The character's reactions to the unfolding events were usually totally absurd and I sincerely hope that it was part of the intended humour.

I finished the book satisfied that it was finished (there's nothing worse than a 75% read book), but I kept feeling that I'd missed the point or that the story was a metaphor. This may well be the case, but in terms of a story - it's illogical and one dimensional.
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