- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,368,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Torgny Lindgren is the most prominent ironist in Swedish literature."
Torgny Lindgren is the most prominent ironist in Swedish literature. ("Express")
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About the Author
Torgny was born in Norsjo, Sweden. His works so far published in english include Bathsheba, Light and In Praise of Truth.
Gunnar Kopperud was born in Norway in 1946. He has worked as a war reporter in Africa for the Norwegian press and the Associated Press, and he is the author of the novel "The Time of Light," He lives in Norway.
Tom Geddes is the award-winning translator of "The Way of the Serpent" by Torgny Lindgren, "Dreamers" by Knut Hamsun, and "The Tale of a Dog" by Lars Gustaffson.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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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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.
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!
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.