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Thomas F's siste nedtegnelser til almenheten by Kjell Askildsen
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Jan 11, 12

bookshelves: norwegian, short-stories, male-author, fiction, read-physical-book
Read on January 10, 2012

Two novelettes of good quality.

The first, Carl Lange, has some sort of Kafkaesque Crime & Punishment vibe going for it. It is about a man who is informed by a stark and somewhat sinister police man that he is suspected of having committed a heinous crime. Living with this suspicion becomes unbearable and he ends up completely dominated by it. He seems to imagine they playing some sort of chess game, but being perturbed and impatient, willfully walks into traps that were never even set for him. It was a three-star for me; well written, but not a huge fan of these kinds of stories.

The second story though, the titular Thomas F.... It is a first-person account of a very aged misanthrope, a sort of short diary of events and memories. His rational sensibility, stubbornness, and detachment from other people and the ignorance (even loved ones) blends perfectly to create a voice I enjoyed immensely; it struck me as a short, perfect piece of writing. It is beautifully written, in a terse and precise Norwegian. Would give it five stars.

So it comes out to four.

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