, Jun 1, 2004
- 164 pages
An award-winning translation of the influential Danish master Niels Lyhne is an aspiring poet, torn between romanticism and realism, faith and reason. Through his relationships with six womenincluding his young widowed aunt, a seductive free spirit, and his passionate cousin who marries his friendhis search for purpose becomes a yielding to disillusionment. One of Danish literatures greatest novels, with nods to Kierkegaard and a protagonist some critics have compared to Hamlet, Jacobsens masterpiece has at its center a young man who faces the anguish of the human condition but cannot find comfort in the Christian faith. Tiina Nunnallys award-winning translation offers readers a chance to experience anew a writer deeply revered by Rilke, Ibsen, Mann, and Hesse.