Mysteries (1892) 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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dbsovereign - LibraryThing
Or how a poor, misguided (and tortured) Christ came into our midst, sought to convert us, and then disappeared. Said to be one of the first existentialist novels, we see why "the stranger" can never ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BayardUS - LibraryThing
Mysteries explores similar ideas and moods as Hamsun's Hunger and Pan, but with more bizarre humor and random asides. The main character, Nagel, comes to a small town with one apparent goal: to mess ... Read full review
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