Doctor Glas

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Harvill, Nov 1, 2002 - Physician and patient - 160 pages
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The haunting tale of Doctor Glas takes place in Stockholm during the closing years of the 1800s. The doctor, a troubled and compassionate man, relates the strange story of the Reverend Gregorius and his pretty wife. Gregorius, an elderly and offensive pastor, has endangered her physical and mental health. She consults Doctor Glas, who for the first time violates the ethics of his profession and uses a highly unorthodox method of helping her. But when the wife takes a lover, and Doctor Glas becomes emotionally attached to her, an intolerable situation develops. The uxorious pastor dies, poisoned. The aftermath of his death and the doctor's unforeseen reactions to it bring the story to a chilling, horrifying close. Originally published in 1905, Doctor Glas is a novel of extraordinary immediacy and frankness. Its concerns -sexual incompatibility, abortion, euthanasia -together with its psychological insights, make it a remarkably modern work.

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About the author (2002)

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.

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