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Doctor Glas

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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, 160 pages
Published August 13th 2002 by Anchor (first published 1905)
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Manny
Oct 09, 2013 Manny rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who is interested in the human condition or has seen Stockholm
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Ema
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...more
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 pienamente...more
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."


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Doctor Glas, an ep...more
Teresa
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...more
Sketchbook
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?
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...more
Katherine
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...more
Leo Horovitz
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
Fia Eamónn Wåhlin
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
Vilvery
Oct 08, 2009 Vilvery rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Anders
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.
notgettingenough
Having trashed Camilla yesterday, I’m going to try to redress the balance...

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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 mora...more
John
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,...more
Kenneth Bareksten
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...more
Eszter
i found this journal-style book to be a bit too much like a real journal; that is, like in a personal diary, some thoughts, written only for the author's sake, will never be interesting to anyone else. doctor glas is a very complete character, and i appreciate the full back story, but some entries were just not pertinent to moving the plot forward and they bored me. also, the doctor is a complete sad sack. of course, he hit upon many points that resonated deeply with someone currently living alo...more
HєllyBєlly
The narrator, Sven Lindberg, did such an excellent job that I actually felt Dr. Glas speaking to me as I was driving my car to and from work.

Just like the main characters in Hjalmar Söderberg's most famous book Den allvarsamma leken, Dr. Glas is not a very likable person. But it does not matter. The descriptions of his life, through his diary (although, as he tells us more than once, he does not divulge everything on paper) are fascinating just because the author lived in the same times.

His doct...more
Amy
A taut little book about obsession. Doctor Glas gets sucked into a tale told by a young wife who becomes disgusted with her older, horny husband. She is having an affair, and confides in the doctor about her troubles, basically turning him against her husband. He in turn has essentially fallen in love with her, but this love in mostly in his mind, and seems undaunted by the fact that she already possesses a lover.
Ana Carvalheira
Embora tenha sido escrita nos inícios do século XX, a obra mais famosa do escritor sueco Hjalmar Soderberg é de extrema atualidade. Abordar temas como o aborto ou o suicídio ou a eutanásia ou até mesmo o homicídio justificado como forma de esperança e recriação do ser, que ainda geram polémicas, o que dizer sobre ficcionar estas temáticas em plena belle-époque?
"Sim - disse eu - o seu corpo sabe que tem de morrer um dia. Mas nem por isso quer morrer. É viver que quer. Não quer morrer antes de est...more
Kailey Willmore
This book was timed perfectly. If it has been any longer, you would have hated your protagonist for his gloomy and brooding nature. Thankfully the author wrapped up the story at hand in a timely enough manner that you can appreciate the moral implications and personal impact the story holds.
AJ
Extremely well-written, but I felt less than satisfied by the passive title character--arguably, Söderberg's intention. I prefer more resolution than I had in Doctor Glas, which left me feeling rather empty.
Joanna
Amazingly timeless.
wally
1st from söderberg for me. kindle edition. doctor glas, a novel...hjalmar söderberg.

translated from the swedish by paul britten austin


has an introduction that begins with what appears to be the first paragraph from the story...
now i sit at my open window, writing--for whom? not for any friend or mistress. scarcely for myself even. i do not read today what i wrote yesterday; nor shall i read this tomorrow. i write simply so my hand can move, my thoughts move of their own accord. i write to kill a...more
Issicratea
I rather fell in love with this book. It’s concise—more a novella than a novel—and the plot is extremely simple, hardly more than a vehicle for the first person narrator’s dark philosophical meditations. But that doesn’t prevent it from being a compelling read.

The novel’s great strength is its voice. It takes the form of a series of diary entries over a few summer months in Stockholm, in an unidentified year close to the time of composition (it was published in 1905, apparently much to the épat...more
Yukiko Nakamura
En klassiker och min andra Söderberg (den första var "Den allvarsamma leken").

Igår kväll läste jag boken färdigt. När jag kom till två sista meningar satt jag bara tyst och frös. Jag frös för ensamhet och övergivenhet.

Doktor Glas var ingen människa som var sympatisk för mig. Inte bara han utan pastor Gregorius och hans hustru Helga heller. Hon var förresten en typisk "femme fatale" som en man helst skulle undvika umgås. (Vilket aldrig lyckas just därför.)

Huvudpersoner var alla osympatiska, funde...more
Jim Gall
I read a dusty old 1970 paperback of this novel and thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact it's probably my favourite novel. The edition I read came with a fantastic introduction by someone called William Sansom. There was a great line in the introduction which really convinced me that I was going to enjoy this book. To quote, "When the book first came to me, I got again that marvellous rare feeling, after the first page or two, of being quite certain I was in the hands of a master". And that's exactly...more
Abby
This book was my first look at Swedish novels of the 19th Century. I quite enjoyed that the novel was told from the point of view of an unreliable narrator. It made grasping my own meaning from it more fun. Throughout the novel I was never really sure if what Doctor Glas was writing was true or if he was just delusional. I like that about books. I like to find out the facts for myself. So, if you enjoy novels that don't just pander to you, I would definitely suggest this book!
Elisa
After reading Söderberg s "Serious Game", I added to my shelf "Doctor Glas", without having any expectations. I liked "The Serious Game" and the author s style, his way of strewing bits of art references, philosophy and humor in what is otherwise a rather grim story.

But to my surprise, I had not really been "prepared" for "Doctor Glas": this short book, that I have read in two days and could have read in a few hours, is like a pill. Not a poisonous one, as the pill designed by the good doctor....more
Emil Söderman
I think this is one of the most self-consciously "literary" works I've read, there's an almost frightening level of metatextuality going through the rather simple plot. Just about every page is filled with references, allions and quotes from classical and (to the author) contemporary authors.

The plot itself, concerning a man committing a crime, bears some resemblance to Dostoyevsky's Crime an PUnishment, something that is acknowledged in the text itself, as the main character refers to it. The...more
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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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