A Fortnight Before the Frost

A Fortnight Before the Frost On his fortieth birthday celebrated by a solitary meal in Oslo s most exclusive hotel Dr Knut Holmen a successful middle aged ear nose and throat specialist decides to go on holiday in the past

  • Title: A Fortnight Before the Frost
  • Author: Sigurd Hoel Sverre Lyngstad
  • ISBN: 9781870041881
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Paperback
  • On his fortieth birthday, celebrated by a solitary meal in Oslo s most exclusive hotel, Dr Knut Holmen, a successful middle aged ear, nose, and throat specialist, decides to go on holiday in the past to take stock of himself and his values As echoes from his childhood and youth emerge, the edifice of self satisfied bourgeois respectability he has painstakingly constructeOn his fortieth birthday, celebrated by a solitary meal in Oslo s most exclusive hotel, Dr Knut Holmen, a successful middle aged ear, nose, and throat specialist, decides to go on holiday in the past to take stock of himself and his values As echoes from his childhood and youth emerge, the edifice of self satisfied bourgeois respectability he has painstakingly constructed, slowly crumbles Searching for clues to his malaise as he revisits the neighborhoods he knew as a peasant student in the capital, he finds that, from early on, his life has been dominated by a repressive sexual morality After a series of dramatic encounters and much self probing analysis, he achieves a catharsis of sexual guilt and can look forward to a new beginning.

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    1. Sigurd Hoel Sverre Lyngstad

      Sigurd Hoel was a Norwegian author and publishing consultant.His literary career began with the short story Idioten the Idiot from 1918, when he won a writing contest The same year he became an employee of Socialdemokraten The Social Democrat , a newspaper as a literature and theater critic.In 1924 he traveled to Berlin to study socialism, and there he wrote his first novel, Syvstjernen The Seven Star , before moving to Paris for a short time.During the war Hoel and his wife went back to Odalen He participated in the Resistance, and wrote articles for the Resistance press In 1943 he was forced to flee to Sweden.Hoel had a short connection to the landsm l movement, but later played an active part in the riksm l campaign He was among the founders of the Author s Association of 1952 and was the chairman of the Riksm lsforbundet from 1956 to 1959.As the main consultant for Norwegian and translated literature for Gyldendal publishing, Hoel made an impression on a whole generation of Norwegian literature From 1929 1959 Hoel was the editor of the publisher s Gold Series , where he introduced a number of foreign authors, often with an astounding foresight for which works would remain The series comprised 101 books among others, works from authors such as Ernest Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald and Franz Kafka Hoel wrote prefaces for all of the books.

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    1. Set in Oslo in the mid-1930s, this introspective novel follows a doctor going through a midlife crisis just after his 40th birthday. Hoel's prose evokes V.S. Naipaul's autobiographical fiction and extended passages of Theodore Dreiser. Hoel would likely be much more widely read were he not Norwegian. The issuing of this book joined with Lyngstad's excellent translation highlights an exceptional talent. Recommended for older readers who are familiar with or want to learn more about Scandinavian l [...]


    2. Let me say two different things up front. 1) I’m not a huge fan of this type of novel (the novel is described by the publisher as a “deep-probing psychological quest”) and – absent a stellar reputation – I tend to pass on books that appear to only do this one thing. But; 2) I greatly enjoyed this book, due in large overwhelming part to the consummate skill of author Sigurd Hoel.Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Man turns forty, begins to yearn for the past, gets hung up on a p [...]


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