A Fortunate Man by Henrik PontoppidanA Fortunate Man by Henrik Pontoppidan

A Fortunate Man

byHenrik PontoppidanTranslated byPaul Larkin

Paperback | October 15, 2018

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Per Sidenius seemingly has it all. As the twentieth century dawns, this son of a poor minister has put his sad childhood behind him: he’s quickly becoming famous as a forward and freethinking man of the “New Age” and is about to marry a wealthy Jewish heiress.
    It’s just then that doubts appear—Sidenius starts to question his life, down to its very foundations. As these questions sink in, and outside events, from financial pain to illicit trysts stretch him to his limits, he is revealed as a man in crisis who must decide where he stands. He is the perfect symbol of a nation—and a culture—that is not as brave, ambitious, or solid as it likes to boast. Painting a vast canvas of prewar Europe that stretches from Denmark to Rome, A Fortunate Man is a vital rediscovery, a novel praised by Thomas Mann and Georg Lukacs that can stand with the greatest realist masterworks of the twentieth century.
 
Henrik Pontoppidan (1857–1943) won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1917. Paul Larkin is freelance translator. He is the author of The Escort and A Very British Jihad.
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Title:A Fortunate ManFormat:PaperbackDimensions:773 pages, 9 × 6 × 2 inPublished:October 15, 2018Publisher:Museum Tusculanum PressLanguage:English

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"An impressive, fluent achievement. It presents the first real opportunity for English-language readers to encounter what the scholar Flemming Behrendt, in his afterword, calls one of the most re-read and talked about novels in Danish literary history. . . . Pontoppidan is always of two minds about things, and it is for this reason that A Fortunate Man, while being one of the great novels about modernity, never once buckles under the weight of the ideas and currents it depicts. Pontoppidan is repeatedly drawn out into the abundance, the noisy pluralism of life, even as his hero travels deeper and deeper into the small privacy of his own being. The narrative’s spaciousness, Pontoppidan’s humane breadth and tolerance, remains deeply affecting throughout."