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Shyness and Dignity

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A profoundly compelling story about a life in crisis from the critically acclaimed and prize-winning Norwegian novelist, Dag Solstad. Nothing in Elias' measured life, in his whole career as a teacher of literature, in his marriage to the 'indescribably beautiful' Eva, foreshadowed the events of that apparently ordinary day. He makes sure he has his headache pills and leaves for work as he has done every morning for the past twenty-five years. He is only too familiar with his pupils' hostile attitude both to his lectures and to himself, but today he feels their impatience, their oafishness, more painfully than ever before and, after their ritually dismissive and bored response to his passionate lecture on Ibsen's The Wild Duck, he reaches a point of crisis. Shyness and Dignity is the story of a man's awakening to a world that no longer recongises what he has always stood for or his talent. Dag Solstad is Norway's leading author, an icon among Scandinavian writers and a leading figure of the political left. This novel, in Sverre Lyngstad's fine translation, is one of Solstad's major works.

Product code: 9781843432104

ISBN 9781843432104
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H216xW135xS12
No. Of Pages 160
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Familiar with his students' hostile attitude towards both his lectures and himself, a senior school teacher reaches a decision that forces an assessment of his choice of life, of his marriage and ultimately of his values and worth in modern society. This is a story of a man lost in a world that no longer recognises either him or his talent.