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On the Seaboard: A Novel of the Baltic Islands

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Excerpt from Am Offnen Meer: Roman
Was die unermudliche Aufmerksamkeit des Steuer, manns am meisten zu fesseln schien, war Armband, Schnurrbart und Stirnhaar.
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Published by Howard Fertig (first published 1890)
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"What did you think?" Goodreads asks me here.

Well, to start with, according to the superior master Strindberg, I am not quite capable of thinking, as my gender prevents me from developing deeper understanding of anything remotely intellectual. I am also too linguistically limited to cherish elevated prose descriptions, even though my inborn female curiosity was piqued enough by them to continue reading. In the end, however, I discovered that I could not live up to Strindberg's dream of a woman w
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: İsveç edebiyatı, Avrupa edebiyatı, klasikler, roman okuru, Nietzsche okuru, genel okur
Bu kitabı okurken ben; kitabın sayfaları arasından denizin mavisi dökülmektedir, bir kayıkçı teknesi harfleri yara yara ilerler; seren yelkeninde bir ürperti ardını güçlü bir sarsıntıya bırakır... Rüzgar harfleri darmadağın etmektedir.

"Ve tekrarlanan bu yaratılış tarihi üzerinde, havanın ve suyun ilk mavisi yanı sıra buzun asli, yekpare, beyaz parıltısı titreşiyordu." (s.74)

Muhteşem tasvirler, muhteşem bir anlatımla birlikte bu kitap insanı kuzey topraklarının denizin hırçın maviliğiyle buluşt
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A fishing boat was sailing on a May evening with a side-wind across an open stretch of the southern part of the Stockholm Archipelago. The Skerries, with their well-known three pyramids, turned blue in the distance and as the sun was setting, clouds began to gather in the clear evening sky.

3* The Father
3* By the Open Sea
TR The Red Room
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Kitabın tanıtım yazısında geçen "insan ruhunun en kuytularında gezinen roman" ve "denizin bir roman karakteri niteliği kazandığı" ifadeleri; ayrıca, aynı zamanda bir ressam olan yazarın tabloları kitabı okumamdaki en büyük etkenlerdi. Yazar roman içerisinde, neredeyse denizin bir tablosunu yapmış ve onu uzun uzun betimleyerek anlatmakta; bir roman karakterine dönüştürmekte. Bu yaptığında da oldukça başarılı. Ancak anlattığı insanın ruhunun en kuytularına indiğini ben hissedemedim. Benim için oku ...more
Patrick Robitaille


Every time I go to Stockholm, I never miss all the Strindberg quotations embedded on the pavement of Drottninggatan. It made wonder why the Swedes has so much reverence for this author. Now I understand.

Axel Berg is sent as a fisheries inspector at a small isolated village in the Stockholm archipelago. His airs and behaviors of intellectual and gender superiority cause all the village and a young love interest to league against him, which leads him eventually on the path of insanity. I absol

Monty Milne
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my third Strindberg novel, and I enjoyed it a great deal. I'm glad I persisted after "The Red Room", which I found distinctly underwhelming. "The People of Hemso", by contrast, was excellent - and this is even better. The descriptions of the Swedish Baltic Islands are extraordinarily vivid; one gets a strong sense of the appeal of the beauty of the landscape, whilst at the same being very aware that no place is a paradise which also harbours ignorance and superstition. The character of ...more
A book about a man, Axel Borg, who considers himself a sort of Nietzschean superman, and how he reacts when he comes as a representative of the Swedish fishing commission to a small island outside of Stockholm. Here he is surrounded by what he considers the most unevolved human beings, the rabble, and here he also meets a young woman whom he wishes to marry. The problem is that the people on the island resents him and the "girl", as he calls her although she is only a year or two younger than hi ...more
Martin Roberts
The book obvious consists of the ravings of a madman, but the point is almost lost amongst all the outdated cod science and related pseudo-philosophy.
Philip Lane
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was impressed by the descriptive passages of the sea and the small island where this story is set. Within this setting we are told the tale of a lonely man caught up in his own intellect which is impressive but overpowering. He is unable to 'suffer fools gladly' and so finds it almost impossible to socialise with the locals. The novel, like its setting, seems very bleak and therefore made quite difficult reading but I am sure Strindberg has put his finger on a condition that some gifted people ...more
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books
Although the tale of a gifted intellectual working as a government Fisheries Inspector among a coastal community of small-minded fishermen, trying and eventually failing to exert his authority and superiority over the locals could translate to any location, there is something peculiarly Scandinavian about Axel Borg's interior voice and also about his final demise. Strindberg's love of the Swedish coastal scenery is immense and shines through the pages, and if nothing else, Axel Borg is a great c ...more
Mar 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books
While some of this I really enjoyed, I can't give this more than 2.5 - 3 stars. The story is well-structured, some of the descriptions are great, I found the science interesting and I thought the characters were, for the most part, rounded. But I can't forgive Strindberg's chauvenistic and misogynistic views. It didn't say that women were inferior once. It claimed it on nearly every page. I know this was written in the 1890s but it was too much for me.
Mar 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
You have to love the Scandinavians and their existential take on life, especially August Strindberg. This is one of his novels, and not a play. Axel Borg, a fishery inspector goes to an isolated island of the coast of Sweden to convince the inhabitants of better ways of fishing, and is met with resistance. His response is to loath them. He clumsily tries to seduce a young woman, only adding to his despair and hastening his own tragedy.
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is of Borg, a man who never fit in where ever he finds himself has been assigned to visit the Stockholm archipelago and save the fishing industry. Written in 1890, this story encompasses naturalism, philosophies of Nietzsche as well as the failure of man to appreciate and care for the environment at its own destruction of a way of life. Mostly the book explores the isolation of Borg and even in his great intelligence his gradual dive into insanity.
Jan 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to freely admit that I read this book only because its author is the subject of the excellent and hilarious Flash animations at The book was readable, but the animations were always foremost in my mind. Good times.
Jul 17, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tortured & torqued types
Shelves: fictions
Strindberg has strange ideas about women and romantic love, no wonder he had three marriages that did not work. Objective descriptions of a harsh but mystical landscape are paralleled to insensible and tortured courtship.
Jul 22, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i love the ocean
May 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
This was more meditative piece than play. I enjoyed it, until he got wrapped up in relationships which, if you are Strindberg, you invariably do. Lovely passages about coast and sea, however.
Adam  McPhee
Nov 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nautical, scandinavia
Message from the Outside Powers: Less naturalism, more occultism, damn it!
...chemosynthetic life of the ocean to photosynthetic life at the top....
....rhythm of life ...waiting millions of years to become abundant....

May 30, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was fascinated by the detail Strindberg went into on the natural environment and the psychology of Borg. The mental anguish of the character must in part reflect Strindberg's own.
Publication date seems to be wrong.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully writen but ultimately there wasn't that much of a story.
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