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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  330 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Det är nyårsnatt i Sankt Petersburg, snart ska stadens kyrkklockor ringa in det nya seklet och den mångtusenhövdade skaran på Nevski stämma upp sina hurrarop. Ensam på sitt rum sitter den förfallne spelaren Josef Rubashov, utfattig och färdig för gäldstugan. Men denna det nittonde århundradets sista natt spelar han ett parti kort med djävulen, som får oväntade konsekvenser ...more
Hardcover, 314 pages
Published 1996 by Albert Bonniers Förlag
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Kevin Tole
I'll admit to expecting much from this book - fairly glowing reviews from the blats and likened unto a 20th Century great in the Master and Margarita. In truth, it in no way approaches the depth and 'mastery' Bulgakov’s wonderful book.
Instead what we get is a pretty strong narrative leading Rubashov through all the trouble spots from his initial contract with the devil at one millennium till his release at the next. These events are written pretty loosely and almost in an ‘airport blockbuster’ s
Bellissimo davvero questo libro con protagonista un giocatore d'azzardo di nome Rubasov, che in una notte del finire del 1800, per il solo piacere del brivido fa la massima puntata con il giocatore migliore che potrà mai incontrare... il diavolo... e ovviamente perde, perde la sua anima, e all'inferno non c'è più posto e così Rubasov come altri prima di lui dovrà vagare nella sala d'attesa delle anime, il mondo, per l'eternità.

Prigioniero suo malgrado diventa immortale e così lo vediamo attraver
Mar 26, 2012 rated it liked it
It's a great idea - at the beginning of the 20th century, Rubashov makes a pact with Satan. The book is the story of what happens next.


The style isn't amazing, though I don't want to make too much of that, because I read it in translation.

You won't really care about Rubashov, or any of the other potentially fascinating characters who show up here - Rasputin, Paracelsus, Countess Bathory etc. I think the big names turn up and vanish again too fast to make much of an impression, while Rubash
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book moved me to tears, the horrors of the 20th century (which we go through with the "hero") appear to be so damn violent, so senseless, so little heroic, so ruining, so full of endless suffering and cruelty that it filled me with complete bewilderment and oppressive feelings regarding to the future. I think this was the only time I wished an author would write less vivid and brillant...
This is a distressing journey through history and reading can result the loss of believing in reason and
Dec 10, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mainstream
Very interesting premise - gambler loses soul in bet with devil and is sentenced to immortality which seems strange, but soon transforms indeed in Hell on Earth.

However the execution is marginal at best - either the translation is not great or the original is just a very boring book considering the premise.
Has some flashes of what could have been early on, but otherwise it just transforms into a bunch of 20th century headlines of the infamous.

This subject - encounters with the infamous of the
Toma Frell
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sukrečianti. Niekada nesusimąsčiau, kad per praėjusį šimtmetį žmonija nužmogėjo ir išsigimė labiau, nei per kelis tūkstančius metų prieš tai. Kaip sakė šios istorijos pasakotojas - visas blogis priskiriamas velniui, tačiau iš tikrųjų tas blogis yra patys žmonės. 4 žvaigždutės dėl poros nuobodesnių vietų, bet šiaip tai...kone tobula.
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Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scavando scavando...

Quattro e mezzo, non cinque, ma andiamo con ordine.
E’ uno dei libri più avvincenti che mi siano capitati tra le mani negli ultimi tempi: c’è quello spruzzo di soprannaturale che tanto mi attira, il patto col diavolo con tanto di partita a poker che ha sancito definitivamente la mia decisione di acquistarlo, una passeggiata tra i disastri più efferati del secolo breve, incontri casuali con le figure più ambigue della storia: Rasputin, il mio vecchio concittadino Cagliostro, Pa
La Stamberga dei Lettori
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sakura87
Si staglia a metà tra la quarta e la quinta stelletta aNobiiana, forse non proprio meritatamente, ma vedrò di andare con ordine.

E’ uno dei libri più avvincenti che mi siano capitati tra le mani negli ultimi tempi: c’è quello spruzzo di soprannaturale che tanto mi attira, il patto col diavolo con tanto di partita a poker che ha sancito definitivamente la mia decisione di acquistarlo, una passeggiata tra i disastri più efferati del secolo breve, incontri casuali con le figure più ambigue della sto
Tsvetelina Stambolova-Vasileva
Февруари ми е месец за втори шанс на книги, които по някаква причина не съм дочела. :) Като тази.
Подведох се по анотацията, а и книгата беше достатъчно добра в първата си 1/3. За съжаление нататък стана доста безсмислена и объркана, а накрая - направо противна. Разбирам каква е идеята на автора: за Доброто и Злото, за Дявола и Бога и човекът, като живото им въплъщение; за безкрайното повторение на историята, за съсипването на планетата ни и т.н. Но чисто повествователно книгата можеше да е в пъ
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
En misslyckad roman som dock inte störde mig särskilt mycket. Vallgren är bra på att mörka bristen på innehåll med god bildning och bristen på meningsfull röd tråd med roliga magiska effekter, och boken slutar aldrig vara underhållande. Inga särskilda insikter nås och plotten faller sönder hela tiden men det gör inte så mycket eftersom tonfallet aldrig blir självgott. Klart, om han hade fokuserat på någon av de många bra idéerna - istället för att leka Bulgakov eller försöka summera upp hela nit ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: swedish
I loved it without really wanting to.

A book filled with raw and brutal descriptions of events in the 20th century is not something I ever thouht I would enjoy reading. However, the horrible events are displayed with Vallgren's usual skilled authorship, which somehow makes it worth the while.

This is one of these books which you just can't forget, and truly makes you question things you never even thought of before.
Jan 14, 2013 added it
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En fascinerande bok pa manga plan forutom det litterara: historia, religion, psykoligi. Vallgrens sprak ar vackert, detaljrikt, latt arkaiskt, men anda lattlast och det ar latt att dras in i Rubashovs varld och kanna den overvaldigande sorg och trotthet som gar som en rod trad genom berattelsen. En bok om kampen mellan det onda och det goda, men forst och framst om manniskan. En bok jag sakert kommer att lasa om.
Ermina Williams
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this novel. I adored Rubashov and the devil. The not quite fleshed out investigation of time and memory was thought provoking. It was a rumination on the fictitious nature of historical recollection and the personal narratives we weave, and on the capacity for man to err or excel dramatically. I highly recommend this novel for those whose like a bit history, aren't afraid of atrocities, and are interested in seeing the idea of a life immortal ironed out to the nth degree.
Jan 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Neal
I found this a most disquieting read--in a good way that is. The dustcover promises a somewhat whimsical tour de force of European history as seen through the eyes of the immortal Rubashov. The reality is however, far different. Valgren is a fascinating author; he sees humanity through a deeply exposing, clinical lens that reveals all our foibles and fetid little habits.
Jonas Toftefors
Aug 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Inte den bästa av Vallgren. Dock lagom underhållande för en dags tågresa! Man märker hur hans språk och beskrivningar utvecklas i hans senare verk. Bitvis kan det kännas som en skiss till "den vidunderliga kärlekens historia".
Jun 28, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Contrary to the blurb, I would say that this book is destined to stand a long way behind Bulgakov's classic, and will never be viewed as anything other than a largely forgettable pastiche of 19th and early 20th century literature by authors with much higher pedigrees.
Nov 02, 2008 marked it as to-read
Chris Wray
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sensational study of the 20th Century through the eyes of Josef Rubashov. Loved it!
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Loved it 'till the last page!
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Detta är ingen vanlig bok. Imponerande arbete av lindrigt talat akrobatisk författare. Alla kommer inte att tycka om den.
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this in English. A story that covers a full century, with protagonists famous and lesser-known. It is an original piece of writing, slightly fantastical, very entertaining.
Jan 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Set up was very promising. Writing fell away. Did like the humanist, non-dichotomous good/evil wrap up.
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He is the author of eight novels, of which The Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-reading Monster Hercules Barefoot is the first novel to be translated into English. His novels have been translated into twenty-five languages. He lives in Stockholm.