Doctor Glas by Hjalmar Soderberg
A Novel

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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 man 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 husband’s oppressive sexual attentions, Doctor Glas finds himself contemplating murder. A masterpiece of enduring power, Doctor Glas confronts a chilling moral quandary with gripping intensity.


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About Hjalmar Soderberg

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Hjalmar Söderberg (1869-1941) was one of the most distinguished of Scandinavian novelists. He was born and raised in Stockholm and spent the last twenty-five years of his life in Copenhagen. After working as a civil servant, he turned to journalism and eventually devoted himself full-time to a literary career. In addition to novels he wrote short stories and plays as well as literary criticism and philosophical works about religion. He has been praised for his fictional vignettes of Stockholm life and for being a forerunner in the use of psychoanalytic theory and stream-of-consciousness in his fiction. Söderberg's novels include Confusions, Martin Birck's Youth, and The Serious Game; Doctor Glas is regarded as his masterpiece.
 
Published October 5, 2009 by Anchor. 156 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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It is the wife of the personally despicable Reverend Gregorious who causes the professional shift from hypocritical ethical adherence to a case of rationalized ethical murder.

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First published in 1905, Doctor Glas is considered to be Swedish novelist Hjalmar S derberg's masterpiece.

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