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The haunting tale of Doctor Glas takes place in Stockholm during the closing years of the 1800s. A searing masterwork of Northern European literature.

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HJALMAR S DERBERG, 1869-1941, was a civil servant and then a journalist before becoming a full-time writer. His novels include Martin Birck's Youth (1901), Doctor Glas (1905) - widely regarded as his masterpiece - and The Serious Game (1912). S derberg's play Gertrud (1906) was made into a film by Carl Dreyer.


"Splendid. . . . Soederberg [is] a marvellous writer." -The New Yorker

"[Doctor Glas] not only sketches the light and shadows of its time, but maps territory still being explored by the writers of today. It is a volcano, shaking, about to erupt." -The New York Times Book Review

"Elegant, vigorous, and tightly-knit. . . . One of those marvellous books that appears as fresh and vivid now as on the day it was published. . . . It occurs on the cusp of the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries, but it opens doors the novel has been opening ever since." -Margaret Atwood, from the Introduction

"Imagine the classic nineteenth century drama featuring a tyrannical older man, his hapless daughter or young wife, and her caddish suitor, as in Balzac's Eugenie Grandet and Henry James's Washington Square, this time conjured up by a sensibility akin to Strindberg's and Ingmar Bergman's--and you begin to have an idea of the force and candor of this searing masterwork of Northern European literature. The retrieval of Doctor Glas in English is a bracing gift to hungry readers." -Susan Sontag

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