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Fjord Press, 1990 - Fiction - 174 pages
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Married to a boorish stationmaster, Katinka Bai thinks she is content with her life in a sleepy little provincial town until, falling in love with a new man in town, she awakens to unexpected sensuality

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Great writing style. Read full review

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User Review  - Larissa - Goodreads

A lovely 19th century melodrama (panorama) that cynically observes the plights of womanhood to be equally born of social restrictions and women's passive acceptance of their own degradation and unhappiness. Read full review


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About the author (1990)

Both an astute literary critic and a master prose stylist, Herman Bang was born in Denmark in 1857. His style has been described as impressionistic. With a few literary brush strokes, Bang is able to paint sensitive psychological portraits. Bang was not as optimistic as his colleagues about the Modern Breakthrough, the rejection of nineteenth-century perspectives for modern progress. His characters are often gentle individuals crushed by circumstances. Bang's propensity for depicting declining noble families makes him a major precursor of literary decadence and fin de siecle pessimism. Although he enjoyed great popularity abroad, particularly in Germany, Bang's success at home in Denmark was hampered by a competition with the critics Georg Branes and Edvard Brandes. Several books have been written about Bang in the Scandinavian countries; none have yet appeared in English.

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