A new translation of a little-known 1947 novel by the famed Norwegian editor, translator, and critic (1890-1960) whose own fiction in English includes The Troll Circle
(1992) and The Road to the World's End
(1995). It's a meditative, rather slow-paced study of the resistance movement in Norway during WWII, as described by an unnamed narrator whose experience as a dedicated member of the anti-Nazi underground is compromised by his attraction to a perhaps apolitical, perhaps traitorous young woman and his lifelong friendship with a man long since identified as a Nazi collaborator. The permutations of commitment and loyalty in both personal and political spheres are made quite believably complex in a commendably thoughtful fiction that shows the ambitious reach, though not the tonal and narrative richness, of Hoel's other novels.
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