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Replacement
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 152

Replacement

Tor Ulven is one of the most renowned Norwegian authors of the twentieth century, beginning his career writing poetry and ending it with unclassifiable explorations of the possibilities of prose, reminiscent of writers as disparate as Laura Riding and Peter Handke. Replacement, his only novel, published two years before Ulven’s suicide, is a miniature symphony, wherein the perspectives of fifteen unrelated characters are united into what seems a single narrative voice: each personality, having reached a point of stasis in their lives, directing the book in turn. These people reminisce, dream, reflect, observe, and talk to themselves; each stuck in their respective traps, each fantasizing about how their lives might have turned out differently. A masterpiece of compression and confession, Replacement dramatizes the tension between the concrete realities we think we cannot alter, and our interior lives, where we feel anything might still be possible.

A Philosophy of Evil
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 306

A Philosophy of Evil

"Svendsen has a way with words, and, unlike many writers of philosophy books, is also blessed with a sly wit and a thorough knowledge of popular culture."-Phil Miller, The Glasgow Herald

Reconnection And/or Recommencement
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 187

Reconnection And/or Recommencement

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2012
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Assisted Living
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 334

Assisted Living

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2011
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  • Publisher: Unknown

Swedish novelist's Nikanor Teratologen's Assisted Living draws what must be the most purely evil portrait of humanity in all of Scandinavian literature (if indeed its cartoon characters can be considered human). Like the Marquis de Sade before him, Teratologen has plumbed the depths of the darkest reaches of the imagination with frightening glee, leaving no horror unattended to, no taboo unviolated - be it murder, incest, Nazi fetishism, substance abuse, or even continental philosophy -- and what results is a nearly exhaustive catalog of evil's possibilities and permutations... the horrors and hypocrisies of our contemporary reality show through.-- Cover.

Justine
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 212

Justine

A stylistically brilliant look at the male-dominated art world, madness, and identity.

A Philosophy of Loneliness
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 240

A Philosophy of Loneliness

For many of us it is the ultimate fear: to die alone. Loneliness is a difficult subject to address because it has such negative connotations in our intensely social world. But the truth is that wherever there are people, there is loneliness. You can be lonely sitting in the quiet of your home, in the still of an afternoon park, or even when surrounded by throngs of people on a busy street. One need only turn on the radio to hear a crooner telling us just how lonesome we can be. In this groundbreaking book, philosopher Lars Svendsen confronts loneliness head on, investigating both the negative and positive sides of this most human of emotions. Drawing on the latest research in philosophy, psy...

Am I a Redundant Human Being?
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 151

Am I a Redundant Human Being?

For the first time in English, a contemporary and friend of Virginia Woolf and Stefan Zweig gives us the definitive portrait of a woman lost on the margins of modern life.

A Philosophy of Freedom
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 272

A Philosophy of Freedom

Freedom of speech, religion, choice, will—humans have fought, and continue to fight, for all of these. But what is human freedom really? Taking a broad approach across metaphysics, politics, and ethics, Lars Svendsen explores this question in his engaging book, while also looking at the threats freedom faces today. Though our behaviors, thoughts, and actions are restricted by social and legal rules, deadlines, and burdens, Svendsen argues that the fundamental requirement for living a human life is the ability to be free. A Philosophy of Freedom questions how we can successfully create meaningful lives when we are estranged from the very concept of freedom. Svendsen tackles such issues as t...

The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am (Norwegian Literature Series)
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 147

The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am (Norwegian Literature Series)

The highly acclaimed debut of one of Norway's brightest talents.

Genocidal Nightmares
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 288

Genocidal Nightmares

This book offers a novel and productive explanation of why 'ordinary' people can be moved to engage in destructive mass violence (or terrorism and the abuse of rights), often in large numbers and in unexpected ways. Its argument is that narratives of insecurity (powerful horror stories people tell and believe about their world and others) can easily make extreme acts appear acceptable, even necessary and heroic. As in action or horror movies, the script dictates how the 'hero' acts. The book provides theoretical justifications for this analysis, building on earlier studies but going beyond them in what amount to a breakthrough in mapping the context of mass violence. It backs its argument with a large number of case studies covering four continents, written by prominent scholars from the relevant countries or with deep knowledge of them. A substantial introduction by the UN's Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide demonstrates the policy relevance of this path-breaking work.