Hash Paperback – 29 Apr 2009
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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.
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.