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Man Who Wanted To Be Guilty

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  44 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
In a hypothetical future where the government denies human emotion, Torben, a former novelist, murders his wife, but is unable to get the state to admit his guilt."
Paperback, 140 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd (first published 1973)
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Ben Winch
Feb 04, 2014 Ben Winch rated it it was ok
As evinced by the string of grumbling reviews, I’m in a rut. On the one hand, I’d like to sample some recent books, especially those printed by so-called ‘micropresses’ in the U.S.; on the other, those books don’t make it to Australia, or if so in such small quantities that I’m yet to find them, and my natural skepticism so far prevents me from ordering sight-unseen. So instead, on recent trips to two ‘big smokes’, I stocked up on secondhand titles like this one, which I bought mainly on the str ...more
Paul Curd
An interesting idea, examining the view that crime is at least partly caused by social factors and taking it to extremes in this near-future Orwellian distopia. Denmark has become a kind of beneficent version of 1984 but unfortunately the principal character is no Winston Smith. When he murders his wife the authorities refuse to judge him or to blame him. It's a thought-provoking scenario (especially as, the night I read it, riots were breaking out across London and Facebook was filled with deba ...more
lisa_emily
Jun 14, 2011 lisa_emily rated it liked it
Recommends it for: distopians and those disgruntled with the abdication of personal responsibility.
Recommended to lisa_emily by: bookseller at the Black Diamond
Shelves: fictions
Lucky find in Copenhagen- futuristic dystopia in Denmark where society is set to demolish any individual's anguish. Anxiety-provoking and stifling. A great chance to read Danish literature in English translation.
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