An analysis of the novel doctor glas by hjalmar soderberg

Gregorius, a nasty year-old minister who happens to have a lovely young wife. Glas also experiences moral outrage when Rev.

The book, too, has its own web of causes and effects. An impressive work, certainly recommended. Not only does the abortion debate get covered, but Glas also has some firm opinions about euthanasia: He believes that God has given married couples the duty to procreate, so sex is not simply a question of pleasure or preference.

So it is with Mrs Gregorius: The pill idea soon recurs in a much more evil form.

Death and the maiden

His voice is immediately convincing: But will he discover that he is a brave knight, an ordinarily timorous nobody, or just as much of a troll as Gregorius, only a murderous one?

Helga Gregorius is, as she admits to Glas, in fact having an affair. Glas is an odd soul: This is soul-wringing at its best, clearly, quickly, and very forcefully presented. Its protagonist is a doctor, and he has some strong things to say about the hypocrisy of his own society concerning these matters.

The novel launches itself from the ground of naturalism set in place by French writers of the 19th century, but goes beyond it. Translated from the Swedish by Paul Britten Austin.

He would like only beautiful things to exist, but has the sordid forced on him by the nature of his profession. The eponymous Glas, as most people now know, is a doctor in late 19th century Stockholm who kills the husband of one of his patients. First published in Swedish in English translation, Doctor Glas was first published in Sweden inwhen it caused a scandal, largely because of its handling of those two perennially scandalous items, sex and death.

To view it, click here. Even more repulsive is his patient Rev. Glas convinces himself to act -- "I want to act. A number of his women patients have requested abortions, but Glas has always refused to get involved because of his professional duty.

We follow him through his memories, his desires, his opinions of the mores of his social world, his lyrical praises or splenetic denunciations of the weather, his prevarications, his self-denunciations, his boredom and his yearning. Doctor Glas is modestly successful, with a good practice and some close friends.

But Glas has never been a man of action, and his first grand foray does not work out as he hopes -- teaching him a lesson about taking morality into his own hands.

Doctor Glas

Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. But I experienced the book in another way. Glas also ruminates on life and love in his journal, and mentions other events and conversations.

And Glas is glass: The day will come, must come, when the right to die is recognised as far more important and inalienable a human right than the right to drop a voting ticket into a ballot box. He decides to commit "ethical" murder because the pastor is a brute who does not deserve to live.

The eerie blue northern nights of midsummer combined with an unexplained anxiety, the nameless Kirkegaardean dread that strikes Glas at the most ordinary of moments, the juxtaposition of pale spirituality with an almost comic vulgar sensuality - these are from the same cultural context.

The maiden in captivity is his young and beautiful wife Helga, who confides to Doctor Glas that she has married Gregorius out of mistaken religious notions, and can no longer stand his sexual attentions. But it would only be an excuse, a lie.

The troll is a flesh-creepingly loathsome and morally repulsive pastor called Gregorius, whom Glas hates even before he finds he has good reason for his hatred. The lustful reverend likes to get his way. Gabriel is the name of the Annunciation, proclaimer of the Holy Birth, who is also credited with being the Destroying Angel, sent to wipe out Sodom and Sennacharib, and thought to be the angel of the Last Judgment as well.

He believes action is the answer -- but he is a man of inaction, and action does not bring the hoped for rewards. We saw it in London a few months ago, and it is indeed very good; but I was surprised to discover that the book is substantially different.Doctor Glas: A Novel - Kindle edition by Hjalmar Soderberg.

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A masterpiece of enduring power, Doctor Glas confronts a chilling moral quandary with gripping intensity. With an introduction by Margaret Atwood. Stark4/5(14).

Doctor Glas by Hjalmar Söderberg The novel's protagonist, Doctor Tyko Gabriel Glas, is a thirtyish medical man whose journal we read. A masterpiece of enduring power, Doctor Glas confronts a chilling moral quandary with gripping intensity.

With an introduction by Margaret, brooding, and enormously controversial when first published inthis astonishing novel juxtaposes impressions of fin-de-siècle Stockholm against the psychological landscape of a man 5/5(2).

"Doctor Glas is beautifully balanced, rich, coherent, and free." - Michael Hofmann, London Review of Books "Written in a world before the two world wars, the novel has an icy wind in it, a sense of weeding the world so that only the strongest and loveliest can live.

Doctor Glas, an epistolary novel by Hjalmar Söderberg, tells the story of a physician in 19th-century Sweden who deals with moral and love issues.

An analysis of the novel doctor glas by hjalmar soderberg
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