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A Fortunate Man


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Paul Larkin is a full-time translator and author.


The author of A Fortunate Man is a full-blooded storyteller who scrutinizes our lives and society so intensely he ranks within the highest class of European writers. As a true conservative, he maintains the grand style of narration in a world of stunted spirituality; as a true revolutionary, he sees in prose above all a judicial power. With that charming, indeed gripping, stringency which is the secret to art, he judges his time and, as a true poet, points to a purer humanity.Thomas Mann (1927)
An impressive, fluent achievement. It presents the first real opportunity for English-language readers to encounter one of the most reread and talked about novels in Danish literary history. A Fortunate Man, while being one of the great novels about modernity, never once buckles under the weight of the ideas and currents it depicts. Pontoppidan is repeatedly drawn out into the abundance, the noisy pluralism of life, even as his hero travels deeper and deeper into the small privacy of his own being. The narratives spaciousness, Pontoppidans humane breadth and tolerance, remains deeply affecting throughout. New York Review of Books

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