Niels Lyhne

Jens Peter Jacobsen - Author

Tiina Nunnally - Translator

Eric Johannesson - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780143039815 | 208 pages | 27 Jun 2006 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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An award-winning translation of the influential Danish master

An award-winning translation of the influential Danish master

Niels Lyhne is an aspiring poet, torn between romanticism and realism, faith and reason. Through his relationships with six women—including his young widowed aunt, a seductive free spirit, and his passionate cousin who marries his friend—his search for purpose becomes a yielding to disillusionment. One of Danish literature’s greatest novels, with nods to Kierkegaard and a protagonist some critics have compared to Hamlet, Jacobsen’s masterpiece has at its center a young man who faces the anguish of the human condition but cannot find comfort in the Christian faith. Tiina Nunnally’s award-winning translation offers readers a chance to experience anew a writer deeply revered by Rilke, Ibsen, Mann, and Hesse.

Jacobsen has made a more profound impression on my heart than any other reading in recent years. (Sigmund Freud)

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