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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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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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