Hash: a novel

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Overlook Press, Feb 23, 2004 - Fiction - 236 pages
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The main ingredients in the recipes for Swedish hash differ widely. The meats, offal, and grain that go into its preparationan elaborate process of boiling, pickling, steaming, and stewingcan range from the heinous to the dangerous, and the results can be alternately emetic and sublime. The search for the most delicious dish of hashthe ultimate hashforms the backbone of this blackly comic, marvelously innovative new novel from one of Swedens most esteemed and bestselling authors.In a small town where an epidemic of tuberculosis rages, two very different men arrive to a scene of stoically accepted suffering. Robert Maser is a traveling garment salesman whose accent and demeanor betray the fact that he is actually Martin Borman, the fugitive Nazi leader. He engages the local schoolteacher, Lars, on the bizarre quest to find the worlds best hash. As they wander the Swedish countryside, inviting themselves into peasant homes to sample the variety of humble family recipes, it becomes clear that their goal is much more than a culinary marvel, and that what theyve really been seeking is the force of life that must present itself even in the darkest of times.Their adventures are narrated in a faux-naïf style by a 107-year-old newspaper reporter, who was witness to the events as they occurred in 1947, and has waited to confront his own relationship to life and death, happiness and suffering, and the power of art to express lifes ambiguities.

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User Review  - Michael Curtis - Goodreads

Superficially the last quarter of this book is a kind of road trip sampling all the varieties of hash to be found. But, that's not really what this book is about... I don't know what this book is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Monte Peters - Goodreads

Not my cup of tea. Read full review

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Torgny Lindgren is widely hailed as one of the most prominent literary figures on the world scene today. He has been awarded the August Prize, the Swedish National Book Award, and the Nordic Prize, and his novels have been published in more than twenty-five languages. In 1991, Lindgren was elected to the Swedish Academy, the eighteen-member committee that selects the honorees for the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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