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His spectacles reflected only my window, its curtains and my rubber plant

Michael Hofmann: Hjalmar Söderberg, 28 November 2002

Doctor Glas 
by Hjalmar Söderberg, translated by Paul Britten Austin.
Harvill, 143 pp., £10, November 2002, 1 84343 009 6
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The Serious Game 
by Hjalmar Söderberg, translated by Eva Claeson.
Marion Boyars, 239 pp., £8.99, September 2001, 0 7145 3061 1
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... as a boy. He passes whores in the street, he is sent an intimidating bunch of roses by the bold Eva Mertens (again, something similar happens in The Serious Game), whose face he isn’t quite able to recall. He holds most undoctorlike views on parturition, and on life: ‘A pregnant woman is a frightful object. A new-born child is loathsome. A ...

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