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Free read Doktor Glas ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Read & Download ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook µ Hjalmar Söderberg 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 ma. I wonder what it feels like to have a crime on one s conscience In less than 200 pages this secret marvel of literature rivets subverts perturbs Originally published in Sweden in 1905 Doctor Glas is another frightening character unsuited to his profession a man who has no business being anyone s doctor see his buddies Lecter Frankenstein and Moreau over there in the corner He finds bodies repulsive and regards most people with distainful disenchantment Not surprising then that he s isolated and introspective He s also sexually stunted At thirty something Glas has never been with a woman and judges intercourse to be undignified at best Knowing all this makes reading his private diary highly interesting turning the reader into a shameless rubber neckerWhen the wife of a despicable old clergyman comes to his office in need of help Glas has the opportunity to act to do something of importance He s trapped in a uandary not unlike Raskolnikov s rid the world of a thoroughly awful person or not If yes why What was it that I had been dreaming Always and the same thing That I killed the clergyman As much as it is about the act it s even about the why So while you re pulled along by tension created by the voyeuristic experience of reading Glas diary will he or won t he you re also engaged in a philosophical argument good enough for readers of Dostoevsky but in far fewer pagesDespite that it s over a century old Doctor Glas has a distinctively modern appeal I was pulled into the stream of consciousness narrative from the first page It s frank dramatic and controversial S derberg takes a close look at human nature the desire to connect He also makes a fascinating comparison between the pursuit of enduring happiness vs the immediacy of pleasure What I wonder is why this book isn t gobbled up like the delicious vicious delight that it isBrooding dark intellectual Gimme gimme gimme

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Free read Doktor Glas ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Read & Download ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook µ Hjalmar Söderberg Husband’s oppressive sexual attentions Doctor Glas finds himself contemplating murder A masterpiece of enduring power Doctor Glas confronts a chilling moral uandary with gripping intensity. I rather fell in love with this book It s concise a novella than a novel and the plot is extremely simple hardly than a vehicle for the first person narrator s dark philosophical meditations But that doesn t prevent it from being a compelling read The novel s great strength is its voice It takes the form of a series of diary entries over a few summer months in Stockholm in an unidentified year close to the time of composition it was published in 1905 apparently much to the patement of the bourgeois touching as it does on scandalous subjects such as abortion The diarist is a thirty something doctor Tyko Gabriel Glas whose smooth social surface conceals a turbid inner life compounded of thwarted romanticism sexual phobia and a proto existentialist consciousness of the meaningless of the universe Glas is unhappy and self hating yet at the same time half in love with his outsiderdom as his astute and cynical alter ego journalist friend Markel remarks at one point There are people who lack all talent for happiness and know it with painful inescapable clarity Such people don t strive for happiness but to bring a little order and distinction to their unhappiness Glas is one of themGlas s attempt to bring order to his unhappiness takes a peculiar form arising from his half chivalric half erotic obsession with a pastor s young wife and his corresponding feeling of repulsion for her much older husband who clearly embodies for him much of what he loathes in his culture The meetings with husband and wife that punctuate the novel are beautifully handled especially those with the wife whose attitude to the doctor is intriguingly ambiguous Does she feel the genuine admiration and meeting of souls she suggests Or has she intuited his infatuation and decided to exploit it I shan t go into the way in which this situation is resolved or not resolved as it would be difficult to do so without spoilers Suffice to say I thought the ending superb Dr Glas is one of those books with nominally dark subject matter that is far from depressing to read It s a delight in fact The protagonist s diaristic meanderings are fresh and eccentric and unpredictable and the writing is wonderful in so far as one can tell in translation I found the Stockholm setting evocative as wellAs a sample here is Dr Glas at a dramatic moment in the novel distracted by his consciousness streaming off in an unexpected direction Suppose I allow her to love me I m so lonely Last winter I had a tabby cat but he ran off come spring I m put in mind of him now as the light of the first autumn hearth fire dances over the flame red rug He d lie there just in front of the hearth and purr In vain I exerted myself to win his affection He lapped up my milk and warmed himself by my fire but his heart remained cold What became of you Smutter You had decadent tendencies I fear you may have fallen into dissolute ways if you are still roaming the earth Last night I heard a cat s cry in the churchyard and I was sure I recognized your voiceI love those rhythms There s an edition of this novel by Harvill Press with what sounds like an excellent introduction by Margaret Atwood to judge from this sample

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Free read Doktor Glas ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Read & Download ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook µ Hjalmar Söderberg N 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. This book has become uite well known recently due to the theatre production starring Krister Henriksson We saw it in London a few months ago and it is indeed very good but I was surprised to discover that the book is substantially different The eponymous Glas as most people now know is a doctor in late 19th century Stockholm who kills the husband of one of his patients Fru Gregorius is young and beautiful her husband is a hypocritical old priest whose very presence makes Glas feel physically sick Gregorius s wife is secretly unfaithful to him and Glas is the only person she has told She cannot stand the fact that her husband still insists on having sex with her and asks Glas if he can do anything In the play Glas s motivation seems clear A lonely person with no one to love he falls for the beautiful wife s charm and agrees to everything she asks for he came across as rather like M Hire in Patrice Leconte s film though things work out better for him But I experienced the book in another way The central puzzle is why Glas murders the priest The clear lines of the play are blurred he is indeed very taken with the wife but he could eually well have responded to Fr ken Mertens who is also young and beautiful and clearly loves him He chooses to ignore her and there are factors in play Glas has always found sex disgusting The girl he loved as a young man died in a tragic accident shortly after he kissed her for the first time And so many of his female patients have begged him for abortions He has consistently turned them down but he s wondered and often if he s been right to do that Somehow sex and death have got mixed up in Glas s cold analytical mind The book is the diary he starts keeping as he tries to disentangle things He scrupulously weighs up the pros and cons of his various choices discusses the morality of the situation plans carefully to minimize the chance of being discovered considers whether he s likely to suffer pangs of remorse But after he s killed Gregorius he still doesn t really know why he s done it He rereads his notes and decides he probably did the right thing but he s not sure All he can see is an infinite web of cause and effect stretching out into the past He wishes he hadn t investigated it so carefully The book too has its own web of causes and effects Several of the characters come from earlier S derberg novels The hunchbacked watch maker who sells Glas the case in which he keeps the cyanide pills also appears in F rvillelser S derberg s first book there he marries the shop girl that Thomas Weber gets pregnant Martin Birck a character that Glas often meets is the hero of Martin Bircks Ungdom written four years earlier where he is pretty clearly S derberg himself And although people at the time hated Doktor Glas and called it implausible and immoral it has aged well The edition I read has a postscript briefly explaining how it was chosen in 2002 to be the first book in the series Stockholm l ser Stockholm reads I think S derberg would have been touched by this gesture of appreciation from the city he loved so much and I am sure Swedes and in particular people from Stockholm will carry on reading it for a long time to come

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  • Doktor Glas
  • Hjalmar Söderberg
  • Swedish
  • 19 September 2018
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