Naomi Lebowitz is the Hortense and Tobias Lewin Professor Emerita in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, where she regularly taught courses in world literature. Receiver of many awards, including a Guggenheim and AAUW fellowship, she is the author of books on Henry James, Søren Kierkegaard, Italo Svevo, and Henrik Ibsen, chapters on Michel de Montaigne, William James, George Santayana, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Gustave Flaubert, Joseph Conrad, and E. M. Forster, and articles on Honoré de Balzac, Charles Dickens, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, André Gide, Martin Andersen Nexø, and Henrik Pontoppidan, among others. In 2007, she received the Leif and Inger Sjöberg Award from the American Scandinavian Foundation for her translation of chapter excerpts from Lucky Per, which the judges termed highly readable and long overdue.
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A nobel-prize winning novel about modernization in the 1880s-1890s and a young man's drive to fulfill his ambitionsDec 31 2013
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Looking back it is amazing how many outstanding writers never received the Nobel prize in literature, and how many Nobel-prize winners seem rather mediocre and not worth reading nowadays. Henrik Pontoppidan's book is one of those that really deserved the Nobel price it got. The novel and its themes read amazingly modern-day. How an ambitious engineer in Denmark attempts through marriage into a wealthy Jewish family to reach his societal and engineering ambitions. It is about how a society is turned upside down by modernization and by globilisation; how the flows of immigrant Jews from Russia are looked at with distrust; and how religion impacts life. A truly remarkable book Wolfgang Mostert