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Mysteries by Knut Hamsun
Penguin Random House

Mysteries by Knut Hamsun

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Trade paperback format.  Translated by Sverre Lyngstad.

The first complete English translation of the Nobel Prize-winner’s literary masterpiece

A Penguin Classic

Mysteries is the story of Johan Nilsen Nagel, a mysterious stranger who suddenly turns up in a small Norwegian town one summer—and just as suddenly disappears. Nagel is a complete outsider, a sort of modern Christ treated in a spirit of near parody.

He condemns the politics and thought of the age, brings comfort to the “insulted and injured,” and gains the love of two women suggestive of the biblical Mary and Martha. But there is a sinister side of him: in his vest he carries a vial of prussic acid…

The novel creates a powerful sense of Nagel’s stream of thought, as he increasingly withdraws into the torture chamber of his own subconscious psyche.