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The African guy on the train looks out of the window at the Norwegian landscape and murmurs "Even the woods are safe here". Strange that I should read this passage today, of all days.
Jul 23, 2011 03:35AM
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Man hørte forskjellige skuespiller lese opp hva så ulike forfattere som Selma Lagerlöf, Maxim Gorkij, Boris Pasternak, H.G. Wells. Rebecca West, André Gide, Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Stefan Zweig, Hermann Hesse og Thomas Mann hade sagt eller skrevet om Knut Hansen, den ene hyllesten sterkere enn den andre, på kanten til det pinlige.
Apr 19, 2017 04:19AM
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Hele tiden hadde onkeln snakket i radioen, ført en dialog som Jonas rimligtvis inte forsto, da den foregikk på engelsk, med stadige gjentakelser av ord som 'ground' og 'tower' og 'clear to taxi' samt en drøss LIMA BRAVO CHARLIE. som like fullt ga Jonas en følelse av trygghet, siden det virket som om de sto i forbindelse med høyere makter.
Apr 18, 2017 12:14PM
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Allerede da han leste følgende avsnitt i Kama Sutra, hadde han innsett astronomins nytteverdi: "Desuden kan de elskende sætte sig ud på paladsets terrasse og nyde måneskinnet og tale om de højeste ting. Ved sådan lejlighed, hvor kvinden hviler i mandens skød med ansigtet vendt imod månen, bår manden udpege de forskellige stjerner for hende - morgenstjernen, polarstjernen og de syv Rishi'er eller Store Bjørn."
Apr 17, 2017 02:35AM
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Manny
Manny is on page 315 of 531
Det er som sagt vansklig å fortelle nyansert om dette. Jeg innrømmer også at dette er en punkt i fremstillingen hvor der er fristende å røpe min identitet, siden enkelte ting ville bli lettere å forstå da. Jeg beklager at jeg, på grunn av omstendighetene, er nødt til å gjøre min identitet til en så demonstrativ hemmelighet.
Apr 15, 2017 10:26AM
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Manny
Manny is on page 270 of 531
Nå er jo Don Juan en idé mer enn en historisk person, men la meg for ordens skyld minne om at den franske forfatteren Georges Simenon på sine eldre dagar påsto at han hadde gått till sengs med ikke mindre enn ti tusen kvinner, hvilket hans kone, ved en senere anledning, hevdet var skryt: Han kunne umulig ha ligget med mer enn tolv hundre.
Apr 14, 2017 12:52AM
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Hestehov, one of the recurrent images from this book...
Apr 07, 2017 05:19AM
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Manny
Manny is on page 65 of 531
If, as Barthes said, reading starts with rereading, then does it follow that rereading starts with rerereading? I intend to test this theory.
Apr 05, 2017 01:33PM
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Manny is on page 495 of 531
Knut Hamsun meets Hitler. According to Hitler's secretary, he was the only person who ever dared contradict the Führer.
Aug 02, 2011 01:26PM
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Manny
Manny is on page 475 of 531
On the first reading, I had not properly noticed the significance of "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good" or the little fir tree growing out of the side of the rock face.
Aug 01, 2011 11:08PM
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Manny
Manny is on page 448 of 531
"He was a great admirer of Duke Ellington," said Jonas, without realizing, one never does, that this was the most important conversation of his life.
Aug 01, 2011 06:21AM
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message 1: by Carlo (new) - added it

Carlo This must be extraordinary that you are reading it for the second time. I saw it in your list of The Library of Babel. I'll add it.


Manny It is indeed extraordinary! I can't recommend it too highly.


message 3: by Hazel (new) - added it

Hazel Do yesterday's events disturb you, Manny? (Well, they're disturbing for many of us, but, you know what I mean.) If so, I'll be thinking of you.


message 4: by Snotchocheez (new)

Snotchocheez yikes at the creepy coincidence.


Manny Thank you, Hazel, I do feel rather disturbed. And the passage from Kjærstad somehow made it worse. He spends some time explaining that most Norwegians don't understand how incredibly lucky they are to be living in such a safe country, where you can be sure that no bad person is going to want to kill you. Well, it was true until yesterday.

We are at a chess tournament in Biel, Switzerland. The World #1, Magnus Carlsen, was leading with 3.5/4. Today he turned up with a black armband and seemed to have trouble concentrating. He lost to a young French star. It was kind of sad to watch.


message 6: by Hazel (new) - added it

Hazel I'm sorry, Manny. Hard to know what to say. We had that 'shocked; can't believe it; it always happens to someone else' feeling even here on 7/7, but it must be far stronger in a society where the sense of personal safety has been taken for granted. A loss of innocence, perhaps?


Manny Yes, it is rather like that. You literally felt it was the last place in the world where such a thing could happen, and now nowhere is safe any more.

People who want to express sympathy might consider reading this book. It is impossible to imagine anything more Norwegian, and at the same time it is quite universal.


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