The Blue Mother

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Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.A. 1990 Cloth First Thus Fine in Very Good jacket 8vo-over 7?"-9?" tall. "What lies beneath the superficial respectability of an upper-class ... Finland-Swedish family is revealed with horrifying intensity in THE BLUE MOTHER {DEN BLA MODERN}, widely praised in Scandinavia since its first publication in 1963. In rendering Christer Kihlman's novel into English, Joan Tate has trimmed no sails, tempered no wind. Its energy and force have not diminshed with time and traslation. Set in a small town in Finland, THE BLUE MOTHER is narrated by two brothers-Benno, shy and sensitive and lonely, most alive in his sexual fantasies and tortured by temptation, and Raf, a writer who fritters away his talent in rebellion and distrust. " This book has 308 pages. The book is FINE in all respects. The dustjacket shows a minimal amount of wear to its extremities. Overall, a FINE copy with VERY GOOD dustjacket of this VERY SCARCE title. Read more Show Less

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In this novel of an upper-class Finnish-Swedish family, originally published in Scandinavia in 1963 and told from the perspectives of two brothers born in the 1930s, memory is unreliable, sexuality the only reality, Nazism a constant haunting presence, and utter despair sometimes the only honest response to the ills of the universe. Benno Lindermann emerges from a childhood marked by sexual abuse and the WW II death of his oldest brother, Robby, and constructs a fantasy life around homosexual sadomasochism and religious salvation. Brother Raf is a writer and socialist, a man of bitterly satirical rage who is happy only when making love. As Benno goes insane and Raf's marriage disintegrates, Kihlman demonstrates that the two men are shaped by the same forces and propelled by the same questions. Each yearns for what Raf calls ``the blue mother''--the soft woman in blue, who, in an early memory, offers Raf maternal solace. Readers may tire of Kihlman's exhaustive treatment of existential crises, but his writing is passionate and, ultimately, hopeful. (Apr.)
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