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"The Fall of the King recaptures for us with an astonishing vividness the feeling of the period. . . . What lures you to the end is the power of its descriptions; what makes it distinguished at rare moments is the richness of its poetry." —New York Times

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Danish --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; Reprint edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816677549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816677542
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,034,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 1998
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This is surely the masterwork of the Nobel Prize winning Danish author, Johannes V. Jensen. The book mixes facts from Denmarks history from 1497 to 1543 with the fictional life and emotional turmoil of the student, Mikkel Thøgersen. Mikkel's life is contrasted with the life and times of the king of the period, Christian II, and we follow them through the bloodbath of Stockholm, war, civil war wich were the reason for the fall of the king. Mikkel is a person who cannot make friends with the world and himself and therefore kills, steals and rapes - all because of his dispair: It is impossible for him to live, because he is out of touch with what is really valuable: The love of a woman, his small hometown's life, nature. This book is a masterpiece, not because of its storyline but because of the dramatic poetic images, the wild visions, the modern way of describing the most extreme emotions in a man.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mikael Funch on December 4, 2000
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In 1999 The Fall of the King was nominated as the best book to be written by a danish author in the 20th century. Two major danish newspapers made the top-10 choice, and this JVJ novel got its number one celebration by both readers, publishers and reviewers. I have read it twice, and are now halvways into its psykologically dramas the third time, and its words has never been better. JVJ's way of putting our words together is unike.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mikael Funch on December 4, 2000
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In 1999 The Fall of the King was nominated as the best book to be written by a danish author in the 20th century. Two major danish newspapers made the top-10 choice, and this JVJ novel got its number one celebration by both readers, publishers and reviewers. I have read it twice, and are now halvways into its psykologically dramas the third time, and its words has never been better. JVJ's way of putting our words together is unike.
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