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The Missing Bureaucrat

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For 18 years, bureaucrat Teodor Amsted has left work at 5:00 p.m. and walked the same 20-minute route home, avoiding cracks on the sidewalk and stepping on certain manhole covers ("He was a man with a strong sense of duty"). But one day, he doesn't arrive home at 5:20or at all. His wife is frantic. Then the police discover what they think is his body, blown to smithereens ...more
Hardcover, 207 pages
Published September 28th 1988 by Fjord Press (first published 1938)
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Kenneth
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En anderledes fortælling, som har en god portion sarkasme, og jeg synes især skildringerne af de mest utiltalende personer vi møder var ret morsom, da der gøres et stort nummer ud af hvor frygtelige mennesker der er, men stadigvæk med humoren i behold. En klassiker som klart kan anbefales, da den rummer både samfundskritik og en stor portion humor
Knut Sigurd
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nokså lett, men ikkje så verst moro heller.
Spike Gomes
Two men, former schoolmates, disappear, and one appears to have committed suicide. Later, a strange man shows up in a rural town...

I can't remember where I found this book, but likely I picked it up due to the striking linocut print on the cover, made by the author, who was a painter and a naturalist as well as a writer. This novel is a scathing satire on life in pre-war Denmark written by an avowed Communist. Given that I am an avowed monarchist and reactionary from the other side of the globe,
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C
Jan 25, 2012 rated it liked it
One of my professors in the Scandinavian department gave us in a small class copies of this book, but I'd never gotten around to picking it up until now. It was interesting, a Danish mystery with a nice little twirl at the end, keeping a good helping of suspense without straying beyond anything too believable. The writing was sensible and straightforward, if a little drowsy, although the criticisms of Danish society were definitely acidic.
The subtext of the book is that the protagonist, Teodor A
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Jasmin
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Denne bog er genial! Bogen er en skarp satirisk fremstilling af danskheden og det danske samfund. Jeg sad flere gange og grinede for mig selv - Scherfig har en helt igennem original og morsom måde at formulere sig på. Bogen får formidlet den selvironi som, efter min mening, er karakteristisk for dansk humor og selvopfattelse.
Johan
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very witty. A sharp cross section of the Danish bourgeoisie with a cute little redemption in the end.
J_BlueFlower
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant little story. The conclusion is a bit extreme but all the small steps leads there. What is freedom? And what if you don't want it?
Maja Lange
Ganske sjov og med gode iagttagelser og pointer vedrørende livet og samfundet.
Ryan Mishap
Sep 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: novel
The things you find in the dollar bins...1930's satire of the bourgeousie by this Danish writer. It is pretty funny.
Frederik
Classique danois qui demontre l'absurdite du bourgeoisme. Malheureusement, l'ecrivain etait un grand fan de l'Union Sovietique, et entre les deux le choix n'est pas difficile.
Larissa
Feb 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Review of The Missing Bureaucrat and Stolen Spring by Hans Scherfig here: http://thesecondpass.com/?p=4640
Trine
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Read for school.
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Hans Scherfig was a renowned Danish author and artist.

His most famous works of literature include Det Forsømte Forår (Stolen Spring), Frydenholm, Idealister (Idealists), and Skorpionen (The Scorpion), the last of which was published in over 20 countries. He is also well-known for his distinctive Naivist lithographs which depict jungle and savanna scenes that owe something to Henri Rousseau, and va
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“Det havde altid været et mål at få pension. Det var blevet sagt allerede ved hans vugge, at han skulle være noget, der gav ret til pension, når han blev 65. Pensuionen havde så at sige været formålet med hans liv.” 0 likes
“Han behøver ikke være bange for indbrud og overfald. Døren er forsvarligt låset. Om den er låset udefra eller indefra kan for så vidt være ligegyldigt.” 0 likes
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