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message 1: by Halvor (Raknes) (last edited Jul 03, 2018 12:10PM) (new) - added it

Halvor (Raknes) | 4770 comments

expand description with this paragraph:

First published in Norway in 1971, this engaging novel (Faldbakken's fourth) varies the "Sleeping Beauty" fairy tale into the realm of serious psychological fiction. Maude, a 47-year-old virgin, is in love with Mr. Eldmann, a quiet, unassuming fellow boardinghouse resident. She convinces herself that Eldmann is communicating with her in a secret "language of love"; in reality she's bogged down in a quagmire of self-deception. Maude's repressed sexuality becomes pathological, and as her state of mind deteriorates, her fantasy, to find a "sleeping prince," assumes disturbing proportions. Faldbakken writes convincingly from the point of view of the troubled spinster; if her fussiness is somewhat claustrophobic early in the book, the language eventually achieves a supple tension, becoming, by the dark twist at novel's end, appealingly expansive.

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Scott | 25090 comments Done

Halvor (Raknes) | 4770 comments Also add translator: Janet Garton

Halvor (Raknes) | 4770 comments Not fully done.

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Scott | 25090 comments Translator added. I replaced the brief description on the English edition with your text above, is that what you meant?

Halvor (Raknes) | 4770 comments The Norwegian is original. It was translated into English.

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