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Stark, brooding, and enormously controversial when first published in 1905, this astonishing novel juxtaposes impressions of fin-de-siècle Stockholm against the psychological landscape of a man besieged by obsession. Lonely and introspective, Doctor Glas has long felt an instinctive hostility toward the odious local minister. So when the minister’s beautiful wife complains ...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published August 13th 2002 by Anchor (first published 1905)
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Manny
Oct 09, 2013 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who is interested in the human condition or has seen Stockholm
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Ema
Apr 09, 2013 Ema rated it really liked it
This short novel is a melancholic guide of Stockholm. It is a compendium of thoughts and reflections upon life from a peculiar character. It is a story of alienation and unrequited love. And it is also the story of a planned murder.

Although more than a hundred years old, this novel feels as fresh as if written yesterday. The only hint of its age are depictions of places in Stockholm that no longer exist and some obsolete debates (on abortion, for example), but otherwise the language doesn't fel
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Lynda
"I'm sitting at my open window now and writing this - for whom? Not for any friend or girlfriend, scarcely even for myself, for I don't read today what I wrote yesterday, and I won't be reading this tomorrow [...]
What I'm writing on these pages isn't a confession; to whom should I confess? I don't relate everything about myself. I relate only what it pleases me to relate, but I never say anything untrue. Not that I can lie away my souls misery, if miserable it must be."


Synopsis
Doctor Glas, an ep
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Marco Tamborrino
"E presto verrà, la neve. La si avverte nell'aria.
Sarà la benvenuta. Che venga. Che cada pure."


Questo libro è stato una sorpresa. Non mi aspettavo niente di così umanamente coinvolgente. Forse era il titolo a non dirmi niente di particolare. Il suo contenuto, tuttavia, mi ha davvero fatto ricredere. Ho scoperto un romanzo bellissimo e un grande autore.

Il dottor Glas è un libro sulla morale esaminata da un punto di vista in prima persona. Tyko Gabriel Glas è un uomo che non ha vissuto pienament
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Teresa
Jun 25, 2015 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-estrelas, n-suecia
O Doutor Glas foi publicado, pela primeira vez, na Suécia em 1905, altura em que gerou polémica pela ousadia com que Hjalmar Söderberg fala de sexo e morte, tendo sido entendido como a apologia do aborto, eutanásia e assassínio.

Glas é um homem melancólico e solitário, que vive em conflito entre o dever como médico e o que ele pensa como pessoa. É um homem culto e uma alma sensível, que ama a Beleza, potenciada pelo seu amor à música e à literatura, e que abomina tudo o que é carnal, sujo, doente
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Katherine
Feb 27, 2008 Katherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-class
It's a shame this novel isn't more readily available in the US. I read it for a Swedish literature course while I studied in Stockholm and fell in love with it before the end of the first page.

Usually diary novels come across as trite and forced, at least to me. While the whole concept of diary novels is rather dubious at best (can you recall pages of dialog you've had with people off the top of your head?), some do it better than others. Söderberg handles it masterfully; you'll find yourself ha
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Sketchbook
Apr 01, 2013 Sketchbook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sexual obsession and oppression, along with
abortion, euthanasia, murder, the tyranny of
religion and other condiments that make up Life,
are vividly explored in this startling psychological
novel first published in 1905. The solitary young
Dr. Glas must advise a woman whose minister husband
is a boor. Has he too much or too little carnal
knowledge?
João Carlos
May 20, 2015 João Carlos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian, l2015

Hjalmar Söderberg (1869 – 1941)

O sueco Hjalmar Söderberg (1869 – 1941), escritor, poeta, dramaturgo e jornalista publicou em 1905 o livro “O Doutor Glas”, que na edição portuguesa da Relógio DÁgua” tem uma brilhante introdução da escritora norte-americana Margaret Atwood.
“O Doutor Glas” é o diário do jovem médico Tyko Gabriel Glas, com cerca de trinta anos – que começa a 12 de Junho, algures no início do séc. XX, em Estocolmo, num Verão particularmente quente, com um calor sufocante, e que term
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Ana
Apr 29, 2016 Ana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maravilhosamente incómodo ...
Anna
Apr 19, 2016 Anna rated it liked it
I asked a friend who grew up in Sweden to recommend some Swedish literature, as I couldn't remember ever reading any. Söderberg was the first writer they mentioned. I subsequently found a lovely 1963 Chatto & Windus edition of ‘Doctor Glas’ in the university library, which was a delight to the senses. It has that lovely old books scent, satisfyingly thick paper, and appealing typography. It reminded me that modern bindings are of such inferior quality by comparison. I very much doubt that mo ...more
Linda
For my swedish review, read further down.

This is a difficult book to review. I haven't had time to read a lot this week, but I think that has been in my favour because I've had time to consider and reflect about the content, and have realized what a philosophical author Söderberg was.

We get to follow the main character through his perception of the world, in the form of diary notes. He finds comfort in writing (so much that he actually doesn't get rid of them later on, even though he suspects t
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Leo Horovitz
Jan 09, 2012 Leo Horovitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
En lagom lång, existentiell berättelse om ett mer eller mindre rättfärdigat mord, moraliska frågor samt en släng eller två om de sociala positioner in i vilka folk tvingas genom gamla traditioner, inte alltför sällan av religiöst slag. Som har påpekats förr finns vissa kopplingar till Dostojevskijs Raskolnikov (Brott och Straff). Huvudkaraktären, doktor Glas, överväger mordet och tvekar fram och tillbaka, får viss ångest och paranoia efter att dådet är genomfört och verkar även lida vissa rent f ...more
Vilvery
Oct 08, 2009 Vilvery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vilvery by: Daniel, Jimmy
Shelves: classics, five-stars, 2009
Jag hade höga förväntningar på Doktor Glas och jag kan inte säga annat än att den levde upp till de förväntningarna. Språket är fantastiskt vackert på många sätt samtidigt som boken är skarpt och kärnfullt skriven utan onödiga utfyllnads-stycken. Min erfarenhet är att böcker från sekelskiftet och tidigare ofta har en lite annorlunda dramaturgi och är skrivna på ett lite mer högtravande och pratigt vis där någon berättar för mig om karaktärerna snarare än låter karaktärerna själva berätta eller v ...more
Natalie
May 20, 2015 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Jedna mu je žena došla sa svojim problemima i obećao joj je pomoći. Kakva vrsta pomoći i što bi to točno bio...odigralo se samo u njegovoj glavi. Učinio je mladoj ženi delikatnu uslugu u vrijeme kad je njega zgrabila njegova depresija i ta ideja mu u tom trenu izgladala kao idealno rješenje i izlazak iz njegovog stanja. Jer učinio bi tim i njoj lijepu uslugu, izbavio ju od jada...ali ubrzo kad je izveo -to ubojstvo nevoljenog muža, sve je zadobilo druge značajke.....

Baš mi se sviđa, priča je jed
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Fia Eamónn Wåhlin
Aug 03, 2011 Fia Eamónn Wåhlin rated it it was amazing
Doktor Glas is a short but a very intense book about a doctor in Sweden whose life we follow through his journals, we learn about his thoughts and life. You soon meet Mrs Gregorius, a young beautiful woman who is married to a pastor, significant older than her. She goes to doktor Glas about her troubles of carrying out her wifely duties in the bedroom, she is inlove with another man but trapped in a loveless marriage and is basically forced to be intimate with her husband every night. And finall ...more
John
Aug 23, 2012 John rated it really liked it
Doktor Glas är som en dystrare, modernare parafras på Brott och Straff av Dostojevskij. Huvudpersonen, doktor Glas, begår ett mord som han motiverar utifrån något slags moraliskt resonemang, precis som Raskolnikov. Där upphör dock likheterna, för doktorn plågas inte speciellt mycket av sitt samvete och beter sig inte dumt och förvirrat, utan tvärtom väldigt professionellt och kallblodigt.

Huvudpersonen i boken befinner sig i ett slags moraliskt vakuum. Han styrs av principer i sin yrkesutövning,
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Natalie
May 20, 2015 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
Jedna mu je žena došla sa svojim problemima i obećao joj je pomoći. Kakva vrsta pomoći i što bi to točno bilo...odigralo se samo u njegovoj glavi. Učinio je mladoj ženi delikatnu uslugu u vrijeme kad je njega zgrabila njegova depresija i ta ideja mu u tom trenu izgladala kao idealno rješenje i izlazak iz njegovog stanja. Jer učinio bi tim i njoj lijepu uslugu, izbavio ju od jada...ali ubrzo kad je izveo -to ubojstvo nevoljenog muža, sve je zadobilo druge značajke.....

Baš mi se sviđa, priča je je
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Lorenzo Berardi
Jul 25, 2010 Lorenzo Berardi rated it really liked it
Hjalmar Söderberg would deserve more popularity.
"Doctor Glas" is a very interesting book for all those who are interested in morality and its corruption.

Although being written in an old fashioned style with an excessive use of an epistolary and diary form, this novel is extremely modern.
I would call it postmodern in a way.

Who else in 1906 would have spoken of issues such as abortion, euthanasia, suicidal tendencies and women's rights? Furthermore showing the points of view on these topics of a p
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Helena (Renchi King)
May 19, 2015 Helena (Renchi King) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: klasici
Nakon dugo vremena izabrala sam jedan klasik.Ovo je roman koji je u svoje vrijeme proglašen skandaloznim!
Radnja se događa u Stockholmu,početkom 20 st.Pratimo doktora Glasa,samotnjaka koji žudi za životom,upire se u njegovu punoću i "traži" ženu.Iako je on po društvenim mjerilima "dobra prilika",nikada nije bio sa ženom i sumnja da će se to ikada dogoditi.Pravi je osebenjak.Njegova osjetila istančano primjećuju ljepotu grada,ljepotu žena i manire stanovništva.Ima različite pacijente kao obiteljsk
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Anders
Aug 04, 2009 Anders rated it it was amazing
You should, if you are able to of course,read this in Swedish, as the choice of tone is demonstrated and enhanced through the usage of quirky Swedish language from that time,(1905). Beyond a case of obsessive behaviour (as someone posted on here), it's a tale of protest. Protesting authority and an individual representative's abuse of power, manipulation, and control. The outlet for this doctor is to use his version of the same.
A sobering read.
Cornelia
Feb 25, 2015 Cornelia rated it it was ok
Uppgift i svenskan att läsa den här klassikern.

Oj, va den var upptempo... Not.

Så vi har en eländig huvudkaraktär med moralkval och i slutändan är vi bara en i mängden. Alla får med andra ord inte sitt lyckliga slut. Yeey! Känner mig så optimistisk nu i efterhand... Eller inte.
notgettingenough
Sep 18, 2013 notgettingenough rated it really liked it
Having trashed Camilla yesterday, I’m going to try to redress the balance...

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Jean-paul Audouy
Jul 12, 2014 Jean-paul Audouy rated it it was amazing
Just finished it. Will be one of my favourites with "Dubliners" and a few others. Loved how the translation rendered the supposed "heaviness" of the Swedish language which the main character complains about near the end of the tale. So modern in its themes: abortion, sexuality, euthanasia among others but also settled in its time at the start of the 20th century when the mentalities of the 19th were still very much alive if fading away until they disappeared after 1914.
This book also brought ba
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Blanca Mazón
Aug 20, 2015 Blanca Mazón rated it it was amazing
Hay libros que te sacuden y te cambian para siempre. Este pertenece a esa categoría.
Siri Wohrne
Nu har jag lyssnat på Doktor Glas som ljudbok i lite mer än en timme. Uppläsaren hette Krister Henriksson och läste verkligen med inlevelse så att lyssnaren snabbt drogs in i den spännande handlingen.

Det slog mig verkligen att Hjalmar Söderberg är skicklig på att skriva, och att börja en berättelse så att läsaren snabbt rycks med. Så var det iallafall i Doktor Glas, och jag undrade så mycket hur det skulle gå att jag lyssnade i ett streck. Hur skulle det gå med kärleksdramat och den motbjudande
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Bianca
Apr 13, 2015 Bianca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gymnasieböcker
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Cecilia
Real rating *~. --> 3,5 <-- .~*

Wow! This book is really modern for the time it was published - 1905. I'm impressed, amazed and also a bit scared by Hjalmar Söderberg. Haha!

The main character in Doctor Glas, Doktor Glas in Swedish (Glas means glass) is of course a Doctor named Glas. Throughout the book, he deals with moral issues and love.
Glas falls madly in love with one of his patients, a woman named Helga Gregorius. She is (of course) married to a pastor. But Helga is not happily marrie
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Mónica Mar
Jan 25, 2015 Mónica Mar rated it really liked it
Nunca he llevado un diario; me falta, más que interés, la constancia necesaria para registrar hechos y pensamientos por escrito. Prefiero, además, la solidez de un interlocutor, así sea yo misma. Me sería más fácil escribir cartas, aun cuando el destinatario sea una sombra indefinida, o no haya destinatario. También es posible inferir que un diario no es más que una conversación con el ego, una forma de establecer un diálogo con uno mismo sin pasar por loco.

El diario del doctor Glas es la puert
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Paulina
Doktor Glas, jag förstår dig inte.

Well, I have to say I didn't like this book much. It was an interesting concept but I think poor realization.

I think I would feel that the moral murder question was properly built if I cared about either Dr. Glas, pastor Gregorius or his wife. But I didn't. I could not force myself to like or even hate them.

I can understand though that this book at the turn of the century caused great discussions and philosophical disputes because it deals with important mor
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Kenneth Bareksten
Apr 28, 2014 Kenneth Bareksten rated it it was amazing
Det er noe med det å lese litteratur om steder man oppholder seg på. Den blir så tilstede, så nær. Ifjor leste jeg Døden i Venedig et steinkast fra Canal Grande, i år ble det Doktor Glas av Hjalmar Söderberg i Stockholm. Det er nemlig ikke bare tankesprangene som bykser hundre år tilbake i tid, men også deg selv rent fysisk når du rusler rundt i Gamla stan og berører et litt rustent skilt det står Drottninggatan på.

Doktor Glas lider av kvaler. Kvaler over å skulle utføre et drap på pastor Gregor
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Hjalmar Emil Fredrik Söderberg was a Swedish novelist, playwright, poet and journalist. His works often deal with melancholy and lovelorn characters, and offer a rich portrayal of contemporary Stockholm through the eyes of the flaneur. Söderberg is greatly appreciated in his native country, and is sometimes considered to be the equal of August Strindberg, Sweden's national author.
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