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A Fortnight Before the Frost [Paperback]

Sigurd Hoel , Sverre Lyngstad

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Book Description

Jan. 21 2011 World of Discovery
On his fortieth birthday, celebrated by a solitary meal in Oslo's most exclusive hotel, Dr. Knut Holmen, a successful middle-aged ear, nose, and throat specialist, decides to go on holiday in the past to take stock of himself and his values. As echoes from his childhood and youth emerge, the edifice of self-satisfied bourgeois respectability he has painstakingly constructed, slowly crumbles. Searching for clues to his malaise as he revisits the neighborhoods he knew as a peasant student in the capital, he finds that, from early on, his life has been dominated by a repressive sexual morality. After a series of dramatic encounters and much self-probing analysis, he achieves a catharsis of sexual guilt and can look forward to a new beginning.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Norvik Press (Jan. 21 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1870041887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1870041881
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 277 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,000,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great writing Oct. 28 2012
By G. Brozeit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Set in Oslo in the mid-1930s, this introspective novel follows a doctor going through a midlife crisis just after his 40th birthday. Hoel's prose evokes V.S. Naipaul's autobiographical fiction and extended passages of Theodore Dreiser. Hoel would likely be much more widely read were he not Norwegian. The issuing of this book joined with Lyngstad's excellent translation highlights an exceptional talent. Recommended for older readers who are familiar with or want to learn more about Scandinavian literature.

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