Jan Sjavik From the Reviews: "Moment of Freedom marks a transition to an experimental form that serves as a vehicle for a personal artistic truth. That truth is unpleasant, as the narrator Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. No small part of the journey is a search for self, and elusive identity -- the question of "who I am" in all its senses -- one of the central motivating forces: Now if I could only remember my name! Then I could find out who I was, who I am.

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Shelves: definitely-to-read , fiction , definitely-to-buy , experimental , norwegian-fiction , ultra-favourite Im utterly passionate about this Norwegian author and this first book which is a magnificent, inspirational masterpiece and not to be missed in the trilogy The History of Bestiality.

I actually read the second book first but I do believe that they can be read separately, even though each has its own nameless narrator. The forty-six year old narrator, a Servant of Justice in the Alpine city Heiligenberg, sat down with his large jug of Tuscan wine, poured some into a glass and proceeded to reflect on his life and his opus The History of Bestiality, which consists of ongoing Protocols.

They could both hear the voices of the twentieth century that continuously outraged and saddened them. Whilst the narrator was concerned with the outside world and the injustices of mankind, the latter was concerned with the inner mysterious realms of her mind but then more of her in a later book.

How does one even attempt to describe this amazing book? But it is the way that he handles this that is the most remarkable aspect of this book. Yes, indeed there are wild tirades at times but then he throws a true spanner in the works with his abundant black humour, combined with his delicate and sensitive prose, satirical backlashes delivered with panache on the two World Wars, Roman catacombs, executions the golden laughter of Leonardo is involved here and ways of killing individuals, the descriptions of the atrocities committed by the Americans against the Japanese in , modern day society as seen through the eyes of the judge in Heiligenberg.

My eyes came out on stalks while I slowly digested his Protocol and I laughed as I read it, both in amazement and in awe that a respected member of the community could act in that way and in his resultant sentencing of individuals. But I was also very taken with the dream sequences. They were so lyrical in their own right.

I was continually entranced. Colours such a red, black and grey play predominant parts throughout the book, which is divided into three sections: The Cities, The Praiano Papers colours galore here, mainly red and Lemuria. But what I found strangely odd was that the narrator, incidentally, makes no reference to his previous life as a Servant of Justice, his journey to the land of Chaos or his search for a name in a red city.

As before, he records numerous acts of cruelty towards children and reflects on freedom and grace. I had questions though.

I appreciated that the bears constantly referred to are human beings but as for the lemurs. They were mentioned in Stockholm and appeared to be on a par with eschatologists and scholastics. A citizen of Lemuria perhaps? And then the elements became involved in the guise of the foehn a warm, dry southerly wind that occurs in the Southern Alps. When this wind arrives in Heiligenberg, everyone is worried because the rise in temperature causes many strange things, apart from the eruption of tempers and rages in the inhabitants but it is also a murderous time.

The judge was relatively lenient on times likes this but it was wise never to kill someone on a day when you could be sentenced. That would not be a good idea at all. Alcohol and its effects are quite ludicrously shown but so marvellously portrayed.

The two alpine villagers with whom the narrator drinks in the local inn bear witness to this with their ensuing discussions and alcoholic consumption. Cider was meant to be the killer as it affected the mind, as did white Alsatian wine.

Only through the courage of despair can you grasp a handful of freedom. Finally, as soon as I found out that this author had committed suicide, another author immediately sprang to mind — Virginia Woolf.

It is said that you can foresee your own death when you make an utterance to that effect during your life or if you have already tried to end your own life.

We will never know though. So do read this book. I highly recommend it.


Jens Bjørneboe

Tesar Kanskje kjem eg att til denne seinare. Time and again I. Literature is a comfort. So do read this book. If books are the ambitious medium for somewhat deeper reflecting public, and not just a smooth bed time story, than this is a great one and we all should read more of similar. One of my favorite authors when I was younger. It is, in fact, packed full of plots.



Aug 20, Lin Karlsen rated it really liked it. The torrent it causes upshot a cataclysm which spares no one. Thousands of swirling, shattering, mirroring plots glimpsed through the rambles and rants of the narrator. Der Augenblick der Freiheit — Deutschland. But can this survival by indifference, despite of o melancholy, be called a state of freedom? He was also a painter and a waldorf school teacher.


Moment of Freedom: The Heiligenberg Manuscript


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