Niels Lyhne

by Jens Peter Jacobsen, Tiina Nunnally,

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  • 9781101664032
Niels Lyhne is an aspiring poet, torn between romanticism and realism, faith and reason. Through his relationships with six women—including his young widowed aunt, a seductive free spirit, and his passionate cousin who marries his friend—his search for purpose becomes a yielding to disillusionment. One of Danish literature's greatest novels, with nods to Kierkegaard and a protagonist some critics have compared to Hamlet, Jacobsen's masterpiece has at its center a young man who faces the anguish of the human condition but cannot find comfort in the Christian faith. Tiina Nunnally's award-winning translation offers readers a chance to experience anew a writer deeply revered by Rilke, Ibsen, Mann, and Hesse.

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  • Penguin Publishing Group; June 2006
  • ISBN 9781101664032
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  • Title: Niels Lyhne
  • Author: Jens Peter Jacobsen; Tiina Nunnally (trans.); Eric Johannesson (other)
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
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  • 9781101664032

In The Press

“It’s a great book. . . . I would highly recommend it.”
—John Williams, The New York Times Book Review podcast

About The Author

Jens Peter Jacobsen (1847–1885) made his literary debut with the novella Mogens in 1872. Diagnosed with advanced tuberculosis two years later, he completed several more short stories and two novels.

Tiina Nunnally is an award-winning translator of Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish. Her translation of Kristin Lavransdatter III: The Cross by Sigrid Undset won the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize in 2001, and her translation of Peter Høeg's Smilla's Sense of Snow won the American Translator's Association's Lewis Galantière Prize. The Swedish Academy honored Nunnally in 2009 with a special award for her contributions to "the introduction of Swedish culture abroad." In 2013, Nunnally was appointed Knight of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit. Nunnally is married to Steven T. Murray.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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ISBNs
  • 9780143039815
  • 9781101664032