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Meeting at the milestone
Hoel, Sigurd, 1890-1960.
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Møte ved milepelen. English
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København ; Los Angeles : Green Integer, 2002.
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281 pages ; 23 cm.
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PT8950.H58 M613 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In this moving and profound novel, Sigurd Hoel explores belief and traitorism through the major character's memories of the underground during World War II in Norway. At the dark center of this work are questions of why certain individuals turn against their own country, their own values, and their own "selves" so to speak. But in this weaving of fact and fiction, the faithful and the traitors are not necessarily easily distinguishable. A wonderful tale of adventure and a country's fate bythe author of The Road to the World's End (Sun & Moon Press) and The Troll Circle.

Sigurd Hoel was for years an editor of the great Norwegian publishing house Gyldendal. He died in 1960.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Hoel (1890-1960), one of Norway's most influential writers during the first half of the last century, offers a rare portrait of the WWII Norwegian Resistance movement in this new translation of his 1947 novel exploring national identity and the morality of treason. Hoel's laconic, anonymous narrator hides resistance members from the Nazis. One of his lodgers tells him a story about a mutual acquaintance of theirs, Hans Berg, who had been close friends with the narrator in high school and college but became a Nazi sympathizer. This starts the narrator off on a series of recollections tracing his own youth and his relationship with Hans Berg; a portrait of their community emerges as the narrator desperately tries to understand why some of his neighbors became Nazis while others decided to fight against them. Meanwhile, the narrator has an affair with a beguiling woman named Kari, who turns out to have Nazi ties. As one might expect, the paths that lead the characters to their political destinies are convoluted, and there are no easy moral distinctions between sympathizers and resisters. Hoel's style, in this translation, is taut and spare (though somewhat overly formal and given to the passive voice) and well suited to the wrenching subterranean psychological drama that's played out in the pages. One sometimes wishes the narrative were as taut as Hoel's sentences; it tends to linger too long over the narrator's youthful recollections, though the tension does return toward the end of the book as the political intrigue comes to a head. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

The Storm Trooperp. 9
Part 1 Notes from 1947p. 11
The Lodgerp. 13
The Housep. 16
Crackupp. 23
Epilogue and Prologuep. 47
Part 2 Notes from 1943p. 55
Hans Bergp. 57
An Old Albump. 80
Gallery of the Damnedp. 87
The Spider Webp. 106
Prayer for Lovep. 107
Gunvorp. 109
High Up and Deep Downp. 117
The Roomp. 120
Conversation with My Fatherp. 128
Meeting after Twenty Yearsp. 136
Karip. 139
Idap. 154
Vacationp. 163
Evening and Night in Augustp. 168
A Baby?p. 175
Part 3 Notes from Sweden, 1944p. 179
Around in Circlesp. 181
A Secret Missionp. 187
A Nocturnal Conversationp. 199
A Slip of Paperp. 205
A Walk in the Darkp. 214
Deep Undergroundp. 228
Shadows from the Pastp. 240
Flightp. 256
Postscript 1947p. 261
The Anthillp. 263
The Fourth Timep. 275