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Down Fall Paperback – January 1, 1987

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About the Author

Per Olov Enquist is a journalist, playwright and novelist. He has garnered international recognition for his work, including the novels The Royal Physician's Visit, The Book about Blanche and Marie, and Lewi's Journey.

Unni Wikan is professor of social anthropology at the University of Oslo, Norway, and is the author of nine books. Her most recent work in English is "Generous Betrayal: Politics of Culture in the New Europe," also published by the University of Chicago Press. Anna Paterson is the author of "Scotland's Landscape: Endangered Icon,"

Product Details

  • Paperback: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Quartet Books (UK) (January 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 070430130X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704301306
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,824,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First published in 1985, Per Olov Enquist is reported to have gone through a difficult period in his life when he wrote DOWNFALL: A LOVE STORY (or in Swedish, "Nedstörtad ängel"). In a radio interview from a few years back, he recalled (if I interpreted him right) that this novella was all he managed to get done in the mid-1980s, as if to suggest that its small size serves as evidence to his condition at the time. Enquist may have regretted that his productivity was so modest in these years; but brief though it is, DOWNFALL also proves that his sharpness, as a writer and observer, remained quite intact throughout that decade, on the instances when he did find himself able to work. In fact, to me it is the finest thing he's written, among the books of his that I have read. Regardless of its relative brevity, Enquist manages in DOWNFALL to establish several complex relationships, whose experiences provide the reader with a stream of insights and wisdom beautifully expressed, so much so that I have come to regard it as a necessity to re-read the book every now and then. Although he often pinpoints the darkest aspects of being human and alive, he does this in a manner which feels more healing to the reader than depressing. On numerous occasions, his choice of words will form a phrase which seems to articulate things I've felt or abstractly thought about in life, but been unable to concretize. The ending of the book, where the different tales of the individuals presented throughout are eventually interwoven, tempted tears out of me the first time I read it.Read more ›
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