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Bengt Ohlsson

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To purchase Gregorius

Title: Gregorius
Author: Bengt Ohlsson
Genre: Novel
Written: 2004 (Eng. 2007)
Length: 432 pages
Original in: Swedish
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  • Swedish title: Gregorius
  • Translated by Silvester Mazzarella

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Review Summaries
Source Rating Date Reviewer
The Guardian A 14/7/2007 Margaret Atwood
Independent on Sunday . 19/8/2007 Paul Binding
The NY Times Book Rev. . 13/7/2008 Alison McCulloch
Svenska Dagbladet . 22/10/2004 Gun-Britt Sundström
The Times . 7/3/2008 Christina Koning

  From the Reviews:
  • "It's both a riveting book on its own merits and an astonishing gloss on an earlier masterpiece. (...) Gregorius is a full, touching and artful reimagining of its ungainly hero. It's also an unsettling but thoroughly engaging exploration of the seedier sides of human nature, and of the power men and women wield over each other in their most intimate relationships. No wonder it won a prize." - Margaret Atwood, The Guardian

  • "Ohlsson movingly depicts the plight of a man aware he is physically abhorrent to the woman he loves but unable either to confront this or to deny himself the rights he presumes" - Paul Binding, Independent on Sunday

  • "Gregorius, in Silvester Mazzarella’s translation, succeeds superbly, reprising in depth and detail the painful events of the hot Stockholm summer that set these troubled men on their collision course." - Alison McCulloch, The New York Times Book Review

  • "Through the medium of the first-person narrative, even the most dubious characters can be made to seem sympathetic, but Ohlsson succeeds only partially. His novel, although undoubtedly accomplished, is a bit of an oddity -- a work whose characters are all so unappealing, that one looks forward to the end." - Christina Koning, The Times

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About the Author:

       Swedish author Bengt Ohlsson was born in 1963.

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