Mysteries (novel)

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Mysteries (Norwegian: Mysterier, 1892) is a novel by Norwegian author Knut Hamsun.

Plot introduction[edit]

In this intensely psychological Modernist[1] novel, the community of a small Norwegian coastal town is "[shaken]"[2] by the arrival of eccentric stranger Johan Nagel, who proceeds to shock, bewilder, and beguile its bourgeoisie inhabitants with his bizarre behavior, feverish rants, and uncompromising self-revelations.[3]

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  1. ^ James Wood. "Addicted to Unpredictability." November 26, 1998. London Review. November 8, 2008 <>
  2. ^ Sven Birkerts. Introduction. Mysteries. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006: 10
  3. ^