Mysteries (1892) is the story of Johan Nilsen Nagel, a mysterious stranger who suddenly turns up in a small Norwegian town one summer-and just as suddenly disappears. Nagel is a complete outsider, a sort of modern Christ treated in a spirit of near parody. He condemns the politics and thought of the age, brings comfort to the insulted and injured and gains the love of two women suggestive of the biblical Mary and Martha. But there is a sinister side of him: in his vest he carries a vial of Prussic acid. The novel creates a powerful sense of Nagel's stream of thought, as he increasingly withdraws into the torture chamber of his own subconscious psyche.

Title Mysteries
Author Knut Hamsun
Publisher Penguin Classics
Title First Published 2001
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 352 p.
ISBN-10 0141186186
ISBN-13 9780141186184
Publication Date 2001
Main content page count 352
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $16.00

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