Doctor Glas by Hjalmar Söderberg Selected and Introduced by Tom Rachman — Translated by Rochelle Wright
Originally published in 1905, Doctor Glas is Hjalmar Söderberg’s best known and most controversial novel. Through a series of journal entries we learn of the doctor’s growing obsession with a beautiful young patient. When he discovers that her elderly husband’s unwanted sexual advances are contributing to her spiraling depression, Dr. Glas obsessively plots his murder. Here making its trade debut, Professor Wright’s modern American English translation captures the nuanced tone of the original, casting a fresh light on this masterful work.
“Imagine the classic nineteenth century drama featuring a tyrannical older man, his hapless daughter or young wife, and her caddish suitor, as in Balzac’s Eugenie Grandet and Henry James’s Washington Square, this time conjured up by a sensibility akin to Strindberg’s and Ingmar Bergman’s—and you begin to have an idea of the force and candor of this searing masterwork of Northern European literature.” —Susan Sontag
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