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The Liar

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  270 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
The Liar is one of Danish novelist Martin A. Hansen's best known and popular fictions. Published in 1950, the story, which takes place shortly after World War II, is told in the first person and concerns the inhabitants of a tiny island in the Danish archipelago. In this absorbing psychological work, the author probes deeply into the mind of Johannes Vig, the local schoolm ...more
199 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Sun and Moon Press (first published 1950)
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Giovanna
Sep 07, 2007 Giovanna rated it it was amazing
I first read this book as an exchange student in Denmark--apparently required reading there. It's a lovely novel, and while considered a psychological novel, the sense of place and nature seems to me just as important--you can feel and hear the spring thaw as you read.
Anna
Jun 23, 2016 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: danish, contemporary
Nu har den her bog stået på min reol i adskillige år, så jeg tænkte det var på tide at få den læst. Desuden er den ret kort. På forsiden reklameres der med at bogen er kåret som nr. 3 i en afstemning om Århundredets Danske Bog, og hvis man er dansklærer, kan man sikkert få en optur over at genkende alverdens referencer til salmer, klassisk litteratur osv. men jeg må nok sige, at den ikke var noget for mig. Der behandles forskellige interessante temaer om at være deltager i sit eget liv, om at fø ...more
Julie Rasmine Larsen
Den 40-årige lærer og degn, Johannes Vig der bor på den lille danske ø Sandø, gør i nogle dagbogsoptegnelser op med sit eget liv og sit forhold til øens befolkning.
Johannes Vig beretter om fire afgørende dage i sit liv. I epilogen afslører han, at det hele er sket et år tidligere, og at dagbogsformen altså er en løgn. Det er kun det første kapitel der er skrevet samtidig med at det er sket. Den fortalte tid forløber over fire dage. I slutningen afsløres det dog at disse fire dage er sket for tr
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Kresten Jørgensen
En af de bedste romaner, der nogensinde er skrevet på dansk - up there sammen med Kongens Fald. Martin A. Hansens roman er ofte blevet sat i forbindelse med efterkrigstidens franske eksistentialisme, og forbindelse har noget på sig, hvad angår tematikken - men stilistisk er der langt fra en Albert Camus’ køligt registrerende prosa til Martin A. Hansens langt mere altmodische sprogføring med linjer fra Steen Steensen Blicher og Jeppe Aakjær. Måske derfor, at romanen blev lagt nærmest for had af d ...more
Anne Lydolf
While the writing style does provide some beautiful descriptions of the island this story takes place on, the story itself leaves much to be desired. The characters are somewhat flat, there is no clear focus point and the ending is very inconclusive.
Eva Lucia
Jul 17, 2016 Eva Lucia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: danish, 1900s
Also posted on Eva Lucias blog

- Bag løgnen gemmer sandheden sig -

”Menneskene er et flygtigt Græs. Pyst! blæser en Vind, en Aarhundredvind, og nu er de alle døde og borte og glemte”.

Bogen ”Løgneren” fra 1950 er skrevet af forfatteren Martin A. Hansen. Bogen er skrevet som dagbogsform af hovedpersonen og skolelæreren Johannes Vig. Han fortæller om livet på Sandø, sine bekendtskaber og den måde han oplever og gennemgår tilværelsen, og alle disse ting nedskrives i dagbogen. Hvad der først starter s
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RebeccaErGlad MegetGlad
The story is supposedly written by a clerk to an imaginary person (Natanael) on an island in Denmark. (I've heard this island is supposedly Anholdt, but don't take my word for it.) Small island. The main part of the book covers a few days in march around the time the ice is breaking. Most time is spent on the clerks musings and relations with his flock, a few women in particular. Through the first part of the book, we wait for the ice to break and a young man, Oluf, to return to the island after ...more
Laura
Oct 20, 2015 Laura added it
Recommends it for: All Danish people
When my grandpa told me to read this book, I only did for him. I went into it thinking that this would just be another boring read, to get through as fast as possible. And it was really boring, I was bored most of the time while reading it, and I didn't really understand it.
I finished it late last night, and when I woke up this morning, having thought the book through, I realized how amazing a book it actually was. I've never had a book do that to me before, and it felt magical, hence the five
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Søren Køhler
Aug 14, 2014 Søren Køhler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: papirbøger
Jeg havde frygtet at den her ville være hård at komme igennem, men man bliver simpelthen båret på hænder og fødder af Martin A. Hansens sanselige og saftige sprog og den skarpe dialog. En klassiker der ikke føles som pligtlæsning.
Helene von Tabouillot
Jul 21, 2015 Helene von Tabouillot rated it really liked it
You can't trust the narrator, but it still manages to be a real truthful book
Marta
May 14, 2015 Marta rated it it was ok
Shelves: uni, 2015, danish
I still have no idea what the book was actually about.
Carol
Dec 30, 2012 Carol added it
I just reread this Danish classic (in English), and am fascinated by Martin A. Hansen's exploration of what is true and what is not. His main character doesn't seem to think of himself as ethical and kind, but his actions are often selfless. Hansen was strongly influenced by Kierkegaard, and I can see elements of The Diary of a Seducer in this novel from right after the Danish occupation during WWII.
Ditte
Oct 11, 2014 Ditte marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I have been trying to read this for so long, and so many times. The book is beautifully written, and I really enjoyed the language and the descriptions of nature, but I could not get through it all, because there is no drive, no real climax to aim or hope for. That does not make it a bad book though, and I'm pretty sure I will return to read this book eventually, once I'm ready for the challenge.
Anetq
Lydbogen er smukt oplæst af Jens Albinus. Der er en grund til at det er en klassiker, og jeg burde jo have læst den forlængst, ikke mindst da jeg altid har elsket begyndelsen "Det er taage, Nathanael"... Og fiktion der bryder med fiktionens egne rammer. Smuk og sær.
Peter Dahl
Apr 16, 2011 Peter Dahl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally written as a radio sequel (not a play) that emptied the streets, this has become one of the 20th centuries most important Danish novels. A definite must-read if you're interested in Scandinavian post-war literature.
Henrik
Jul 27, 2015 Henrik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fin fortælling om det mellem "næsten ingenting og ingenting"
Moonchild7
Jun 10, 2012 Moonchild7 rated it really liked it
Exciting and interesting book, with rich and enthrilling use of language. Good read, but not a 5-star story for me, it just didn't me enough like other books have. Still. A great book.
Esi
Apr 11, 2015 Esi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, fra-danmark
Jeg tror ikke jeg kan sige noget om den her roman som ikke allerede er sagt.
Jeg kunne godt lide den. Helt fra starten.
Adam
Jul 02, 2009 Adam rated it it was ok
Shelves: scandinavian
I did my best, got almost halfway, but could not finish this one. It's very fragmented and uninvolving.
Knut Sigurd
Sep 05, 2013 Knut Sigurd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mobsen
Skikkeleg konsentrert, fortetta og velskrive.
Rasmus Sæderup
Dec 02, 2012 Rasmus Sæderup rated it really liked it
Very confusing, but still good.
Camilla Engberg
Feb 17, 2016 Camilla Engberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very strange, in a good way.
Dos
Jul 01, 2014 Dos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly good
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A famous danish author who was born in a very small village called Strøby. Martin A. Hansen was a teacher before he became an author and educated at Haslev Seminarium.
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