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In a Norwegian coastal town, society's carefully woven threads begin to unravel when an unsettling stranger named Johan Nagel arrives. With an often brutal insight into human nature, Nagel draws out the townsfolk, exposing their darkest instincts & suppressed desires. At once arrogant & unassuming, righteous & depraved, Nagel seduces the entire community even a ...more
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published August 1st 1971 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux (NY) (first published 1892)
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Gokce Sıkıcı diyebilirim :( 3 puan vermeyi düşünüyorum. Bitirmek üzereyim, ODTÜ'nün kütüphanesinde var okuyacaksan.
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s.p
Dec 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Hamsun’s aptly named second novel, Mysteries, is a dazzling, dark look into human nature and man’s psyche. It is no surprise that Henry Miller claimed that Mysteries was ’closer to me than any book I have read,’ this novel is so probing and insightful that you feel it begin to pick your own mind as the pages churn by. Written in 1892, just 2 years following Hunger, this novel once again demonstrates Hamsun’s signature frantic yet serene prose while showcasing Hamsun as a Modernist far ahead of h ...more
Manny
I refused to read Hamsun for a long time, on the grounds that he was a Nazi sympathizer. But I started getting interested in modern Norwegian literature a couple of years ago, and in the end I had to give in. You just can't avoid him; he's referred to everywhere. And if I find him hard to deal with, I'm comforted by the fact that it's much worse for the Norwegians.

Let me expand on that a bit. I'm English by birth, and I've also lived a fair amount of my life in Sweden and the US. None of those c
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Ben Winch
When I was a teenager my dad urged 2 novels on me - Hermann Hesse's Glass Bead Game and Knut Hamsun's Hunger - which I consider all-time favourites to this day. Hesse I loved immediately; I read everything of his I could find. But Hamsun took a little longer. Upon first reading Hunger I thought, 'Huh? That's it?' It's not that I didn't like it, but it perplexed me. Hesse - and most if not all of my parents' other recommendations (Marquez, Kundera, Eco, Grass) - had seemed so... grand, somehow. E ...more
Gray Side
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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كانت قراءة هذه الرواية من السعادات المؤجلة بالنسبة لي، لم أتوقع أن تترجم في وقت قريب، جزيل الشكر للأستاذ ممدوح وللمترجمة الرائعة أماني لازر، ولا أنسى فضل دار مسكيلياني باصداراتها المنتقاة بعناية.

يوهان نيجل من أغرب الشخصيات الروائية التي قرأتها، ناقم على المثاليات والقوالب الجاهزة ومعهم قبيلة العظماء والعباقرة عن بكرة أبيهم، تتقلب أحواله وتصرفاته عبر رواية أسرار بطريقة غامضة، يمارس السقوط الحر بخفة ملائكية تثير الشكوك، تتشوه ملامحه وتتبعثر بفعل الضغط الآتي من ضبابية عقله الباطن، يتآلف مع الصخور و
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Ahmed
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

أسرار .....كنوت هامسون

توماس مان كان يرى أنه لم تٌمنح جائزة نوبل قط لكاتبأكثرجدارة بها من كنوت هامسون.

أهو دستويفسكي بُعث من جديد فعلا؟أم أننا لم نفتح بعد كل الأبواب المتاحة لنا في عوالم الأدب الجليلة.
كنوت هامسون واحد من أهم الكتاب الأوروبيين في نهايات القرن ال19 وأوائل القرن العشرين،فهو من أهم الأصوات التي نادت بالتحرر للأدبمن قبضة الكتاب الكلاسيكيين،ولميكتف بمجرد هجوم ما عليهمخ،بل اتبعه بكتابة ما أجمع الكتاب على إنها واحدة من تحفه العظيمة،وهي روايته أسرار.
ولولا انحياز الرجل للحركة النازية ودفاعه
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Deepthi
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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In the middle of the summer of 1891 the most extraordinary things began happening in a small Norwegian coastal town. A stranger by the name of Nagel appeared, a singular character who shook the town by his eccentric behavior and then vanished suddenly as he had come.

This is how Hamsun introduces us to Nagel, his yellow suit and his world of mysteries. I finished this book an hour ago. I spent my night reading this breathtaking novel. And for the past one hour I have been sitting in from of my l
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João Carlos

"The Hamsun Centre" - Presteid - Hamarøy - Noruega (Arq. Steven Holl)

(http://hamsunsenteret.no/en/home)

Nos últimos tempos li quatro obras fundamentais do escritor norueguês Knut Hamsun (1859-1939), laureado com o Prémio Nobel da Literatura em 1920, “Fome” (1890), “Mistérios” (1892), “Pan” (1894) e “Victoria” (1898), todas publicadas pela editora “Cavalo de Ferro”.
“Mistérios” é para mim o melhor dos referenciados quatro romances – sem a crueza errática de um jovem escritor que deambula por Kristi
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Rod
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rod by: Billy Childish


Yes. "Mercurial." That is the word that kept coming to my mind to describe Johan Nagel, the central character of Knut Hamsun's masterful Mysteries. Specifically, entries 2 and 4. Maybe not "thievishness" (though I wouldn't put it past him--not for a second), but Nagel embodied the other characteristics so much that I often found myself wondering if he was actually a flesh-and-blood human or some kind of earthbound trickster god sentenced by the "All-Father" to live among the mortals. I doubt it,
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Rita Jeronimo
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Soberbo.

Dizer que Mistérios é soberbo bastaria. Poderia referir-me a Nagel, o desconcertante, magnético e marcante personagem que enreda e desenreda os inúmeros acontecimentos (mais interiores que exteriores) da pequena cidade costeira na Noruega. Ou poderia referir-me à pequenez encapotada de normalidade dos diversos habitantes da pequena cidade costeira na Noruega.

Direi antes apenas que este Nagel e a constelação dos habitantes da pequena cidade nos obriga a um confronto connosco mesmos: Revel
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Mamdouh Abdullah
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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لم تُمنح جائزة نوبل قط لمستحق لها بقامة كنوت هامسون.
توماس مان.

في مقالة للمؤرخ اليساري هوارد زن يشير إلى أن وظيفة المبدع، أي مبدع سواء في الأدب أو الموسيقى أو الرسم، هو أن ينتج ويقدم أعمال جميلة للجمهور فقط. يبدع من تلقاء نفسه ويقدم ما يعتقد بأنها مادة جميلة: يمنح الجمال والضحك والعاطفة والمفاجأة والدراما. لكن هناك أعمال يجب على المبدع أن يفعلها، وهي أكبر من مهمة الإبداع، وهذه الأعمال تتمثل بأن يتسامى على ما هو حالي، يترفع على جنون العالم والرعب، يحاول أن يبعد عن الجمهور لحظات الرعب والخوف. يجب
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Gilla
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Scritto nel 1892, questo romanzo è un inno alla diversità di una freschezza disarmante. "E io, uomo isolato, resisto e punto i piedi, dicendo che invece è ragionevole. Cosa sa la gente? Niente! Ci si abitua soltanto a una cosa, la si accetta, la si riconosce perché i nostri maestri la riconobbero già prima, tutto non è che accettazione. Il mondo non sa nulla, accetta soltanto..." E ancora: "E io non riesco a vedere come sia solo teoria, proprio non ci riesco, che il Signore mi aiuti, così malede ...more
Ludmilla
Güvenilmez bir baş karakter mi arıyorsunuz? Alın size Johan Nagel.

Kitap boyu Nagel'in tutarsızlıkları peşinde sürüklenip gidiyorsunuz. Kitabı çekici yapan da bu. Nagel'in neyi, niye anlattığını anlamaya çalışmak.

Nagel'in davranışları Hamsun romanlarında sıklıkla gözlemleyebileceğiniz romantik bir ilişkinin ve küçük bir çevrenin içinde gözlemleniyor. Kitabı sıkıcı yapan da bu.

Evet, Hamsun büyük yazar, Nagel'i tüm derinliğiyle yansıtıyor. Ve bir kahramanı, ona dair flashback olmadan, eylemleri üz
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Jim Leckband
I've always wanted to read a book by an author named Knut. But first let me give you 200 crowns and I'll tell you a story that happened to me in San Francisco. First, though, I'm in love with you and I can't live without you. I can't really play the violin even though I have a violin case but everybody in town wants me to play. You're really a very sinister person underneath - it might not look like it now, but you will turn out badly - like The Midget. The dastardly midget replaced my prussic a ...more
მეგი თედორაძე
რა უცნაურია, ჯერ კიდევ ვერ ვხვდები, რა დავწერო...
ამ წიგნის კითხვის პროცესი ერთ-ერთი ყველაზე მშფოთვარე და განსხვავებული იყო ჩემთვის. თავიდან გულისრევის გრძნობა მქონდა, მერე ზიზღის, სულ ბოლოს კი - ემპათიის. უცნაურია ჰამსუნის მანერულობაც. "შიმშილი" როცა წავიკითხე, მაშინაც ასეთი საზიზღარი შეგრძნებები მიჩნდებოდა, მაგრამ "მისტერიები" ბევრად უკეთესია. პრინციპში, "შიმშილი" არც მომწონებია.
უცნაურია ნაგელი. უცნაურია მისი გონებაგახსნილობა, რომელსაც შავ ლაქად ცრურწმენა გასდევს, თუმცა ძალიან სწორია მისი დამო
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David
Oct 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Henry Miller described Mysteries as ‘…closer to me than any other book I have read’. I’m no Henry Miller, but it is a very dear book to me too, quite like a close friend. It seems that there is no getting to the bottom of it, no matter how many times you engage with it, just like a human being. On a first reading it is seems a mere catalogue of disconnected events taking place in small town, with a stranger called Nagel at their centre, who has arrived on a steamer. He comes and goes and behaves ...more
James
Dec 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was introduced to the author Knut Hamsun by reading his first novel, Hunger. It is a Dostoevskian tale of a young journalist who is literally starving to death. His story is about trying to write and live while not even being able to afford a scrap of food, pawning his vest to be able to survive a few more days. It is a searing story that one does not forget. I had reread that book about a year ago, but still had not tackled any of Hamsun's other works before I had picked this book. My expecta ...more
Evgeniya
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Привидно "далечна" книга, която обаче се оказа съвършеното лично изживяване за мен. Прочетох първите страници в чудене какво точно се случва в рамките на този северен сюжет, докато изведнъж, почти неочаквано, не се усетих съвършено близка с главния герой. Нагел - дезориентиран, нерешителен, но пък и толкова категоричен!, нетърпелив, шедър, толкова... увличащо противорчив.

Кнут Хамсун не е разказвач, по-скоро е мистификатор; такъв, който подвежда, за да отведе някъде; който заблужава, за да разкри
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Geoff
Nov 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though not a perfect book, Hamsun has again created a unique character, a unique atmosphere, and something resembling Musil's "man without qualities" in the person of Nagel. Mysteries, in some ways, supercedes "Hunger" in scope and depth of writing, but is much more disorganized and not as consistent in tone. Both Hunger and Mysteries simmered and seethed with nervousness, desperation, exhausted illumination, and fascinating strangeness, but where Hunger flowed essentially like four movements of ...more
أروى
Jul 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
أن البطل ثرثار بصورة تثير الحنق والرتابة وكلامه كله هذيان لاطائل منه كذلك الرواية تخلو من الأحداث وقد خيبت آمالي.المشكلة أني ماانفكيت عن مقارنتها بروايته جوع ووبطلها لقد أعجتني كثيرا .أما هذه فقد أصابتني بالسأم ولاأعلم لم قيل في المقدمة كأن دستوفسكي بعث من جديد ليكتب هذا النص!
مالبديع بشأن رواية يكثر فيها السرد وجل الحديث على لسان البطل ورتم الاحداث بطيء
حسنا النهاية سيئة وكئيبة ولا أعلم مالمغزى من القصة على كل حال لأن نيجل يكره تولستوي أستطيع أن اقتبس قولا لها "الأدب العظيم يبدأ باحدى هاتين القص
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Thi T.
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore Knut Hamsun's ability to write such realistic internal monologue. A friend recommended this book to me when I told him that one day in the lab, I was suddenly hit with the paranoia that I had gotten a drop of hydrofluoric acid on myself, and was somewhat convinced that there was a chance I could die right there. One of the scenes in this book describes perfectly what that feeling is like and what ridiculous thoughts run through your mind during such a moment. Definitely will go back and ...more
Rhett
Mar 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It reminded me a lot of Twin Peaks--there's even a midget, and there's actually a Twin Peaks episode that drops Hamsun's name, so I'm sure David Lynch loves this book--but the Agent Cooper isn't an agent, he's an eccentric stranger who mysteriously shows up in a small town in Norway, who like Cooper, mingles and charms his way into the town scene and gets caught up in their dark inner secrets. Same tone and scariness and humor too.....I want to reread this soon.
Lee
Much weaker than Growth of the Soil, Hunger, or Pan. Disappointing. Hard to stick with. Zone outs aplenty. Didn't engage me. Wonky translation, or at least one that could use an update. Romantic proto-hippie maniac. All over the place. Cool bit with an angel hallucination. But mostly just not clear enough on a language level. Bailed on page 117, never to return.
Moatasem
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية ممتعة جداً تبين لك ان النفس البشرية لها خبايا و اسرار و عمق لا ينتهي، صعب تتوقع و تتنبأ بتصرفات الشخصية الرئيسية - نيجل - كل مرة يصدمني، شخصيته غامضة جداً، حبيت اندفاعه و هلاوسه و افكاره و فلسفته و نظرته للحياة .. الرواية كانت مملة في النص بس من بعدها الاحداث بدأت تحلى، و النهاية غريبة جداً و ما قدرت افهمها كويس واحس اني راح انجن، الرواية تستاهل وقتكم.
Anamaria Koridze
იცით რამდენი რამის დაწერა შემიძლია ამ წიგნზე? მაგრამ იმას დავწერ რომ უბრალოდ ძალიან, ძალიან შემძრა ამ წიგნმა და დავრწმუნდი, რომ ჩვენივე ცრურწმენები დაგვღუპავს.
ნაგელი არის უზენაესი პერსონაჟი, საერთოდ ვერ ამოვიცანი.
Bobby
Feb 12, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The only mystery here is why I read all 330 pages of this nonsense.
Yoana
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I feel somewhat uncomfortable expressing tepid feelings about a book that’s universally praised as a phenomenon in world literature but I was less than impressed with Mysteries. Perhaps it was that it was oversold on the back cover (the author was pronounced to have „complete omniscience about human nature“, where I only found incomplete, albeit self-absorbed, knowledge about a certain type of male person), or that I read it in 2016 with my firmly 2016 point of view, or that I c
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Bryan
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was fabulous; incredible; superlative-full. i have rarely come across such passionate writing; the passion coupling with the character of nagel, a solid plot...the scope of the subject matter is large, and i would need to read the book again to gain a more full understanding of what is going on, on the implications of hte story, in just grasping as much as i can of what i feel Hamsun was talking about, relating that to life. this is something that needs to be meditated upon, i think. or at ...more
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
A man, Johan Nilsen Nagel, blew into town a created a stir because of his uncetain origins, unpredictable behavior and sometimes odd appearance. He'd try to help some people but would often be misunderstood. He himself would also be confused about his own motivations.

I read this as an allegory. Passages and phrases here and there reminded me of the biblical story of Jesus Christ. Even the way Nagel died here hints strongly of Christ's agony on the cross and in the Garden of Gethsemane before he
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Carla
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um livro indispensável que apresenta ao leitor uma das mais desconcertantes personagens da história da literatura, Johan Nielsen Nagel, um excêntrico que desembarca numa pequena cidade norueguesa sem uma intenção pré-definida acabando por expor o seu carácter inconstante, inventivo e auto-destrutivo ao mesmo tempo que "descarna" os mistérios que povoam a cidade e que assombram os seus habitantes...

Bem, e que dizer de Grogaard, o Anão? E da mulher alta e esguia com o crucifixo de pedras verdes? M
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Noura Alhenaki
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية غريبة جدًا،شخصية "نيجل" البطل في الرواية شخصية متناقضة ،جعلني أُشفق عليه وأرحمه وفي مرات يُزعجني..
غريب جدًا.
نهاية الرواية غريبة،عميقة..
أعجبني حوار "نيجل" مع دانجي" وتناقض مشاعره معها.
أحببت كيف ارتباط "نيجل" بالطبيعة وهذا الشىء لامس قلبي فعلًا..
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Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920 "for his monumental work, Growth of the Soil". He insisted that the intricacies of the human mind ought to be the main object of modern literature, to describe the "whisper of the blood, and the pleading of the bone marrow". Hamsun pursued his literary program, debuting in 1890 with the psychological novel Hunger.
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