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A Fugitive Crosses his Tracks

(Espen Arnakke #2)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  465 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Part of a long series of novels about the author's alter ego, Espen Arnakke, a sailor from Jante, Denmark, begun in 1931 and continuing to 1938. He explores his irrational act of murdering a friend who seduced his girlfriend. This part is set in the small narrow-minded Danish village he calls 'Yoknapatawpha' where Espen explores his childhood to find out who he is. ...more
Hardcover, 414 pages
Published 1936 by A.A. Knopf (first published 1933)
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Stephen Trotter
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great read

I have to admit that I've spent years avoiding Norwegian/Scandinavian literature (Sandemose was Danish/Norwegian, so we'll leave it to the pedants to argue whether the book is Norwegian or Danish). Mostly because I attended Norwegian primary and secondary school, and never liked anything we were told to read. I'm pretty certain if I'd been told to read this book at the time, I probably would have let my bias get the best of me and not liked it. Fortunately, I have matured a bit since
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Paweł
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Espen Arnakke opowiada o genezie morderstwa, którego dokonał, a także o ucieczce z dzieciństwa. Powieść zaskakująca symboliką, w nieoczywisty sposób ukazująca dzieciństwo jako okres formacyjny, ale też miejsce w czasoprzestrzeni bohatera. Kraina Baśni nie jest tu tożsama z Rajem, a Stodoła Adamsena okazuje się być zarówno cudownym wspomnieniem, jak i koszmarem, który należy spalić. Jante siedzi w głowie każdego z nas, choć u każdego jest zupełnie innym miejscem. Uciekamy z niego tak, czy owak, l ...more
Karolina Hagegård
Två tredjedelar in i boken var jag fortfarande förvirrad, och fattade inte alls vad boken gick ut på...

Sen blev den jättebra!

Den har förändrat mitt liv.
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Aksel Sandemose var en dansk-norsk forfatter som skrev et personlig preget norsk som ligger nærmest det som kalles bokmål. Han skrev altså ikke riksmål, som er det norske skriftspråk som ligger nærmest offisiell dansk, selv om han var født og oppvokst i Danmark. Han er mest kjent for romanen En flyktning krysser sitt spor, som introduserer begrepet Janteloven.

Aksel Sandemoses fødenavn var Axel Nie
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