Niels Lyhne is an aspiring poet, torn between romanticism and realism, faith and reason.
Through his relationships with six women - including his young widowed aunt, a seductive free spirit, and his passionate cousin who marries his friend - his search for purpose becomes a yielding to disillusionment.
One of Danish literature's greatest novels, with nods to Kierkegaard and a protagonist some critics have compared to "Hamlet", Jacobsen's masterpiece has at its center a young man who faces the anguish of the human condition but cannot find comfort in the Christian faith.
Tiina Nunnally's award-winning translation offers readers a chance to experience anew a writer deeply revered by Rilke, Ibsen, Mann, and Hesse.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 21/10/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780143039815