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The defence of a madman

Author: August Strindberg; Carol Sanders; Janet Garton
Publisher: London : Norvik Press, Department of Scandinavian Studies, University College, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania : Dufour Editions. 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This autobiographical novel is based on Strindberg's life in the 1870s and 1880s, and focuses on his marriage to Siri von Essen. It purports to be a vehicle for explaining to himself his role in the relationship from its ecstatic beginnings to its catastrophic conclusion. Strindberg was writing at the time of the modern women's movement and the intense Nordic debate on sexual morality, and the novel echoes on an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographical fiction, Swedish
Biography
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Strindberg, August, 1849-1912.
Madman's defense.
Garden City, N.Y., Anchor Books, 1967
(OCoLC)582498571
Online version:
Strindberg, August, 1849-1912.
Madman's defense.
Garden City, N.Y., Anchor Books, 1967
(OCoLC)608550043
Named Person: August Strindberg; August Strindberg
Material Type: Biography, Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: August Strindberg; Carol Sanders; Janet Garton
ISBN: 9781909408159 1909408158
OCLC Number: 907929725
Notes: "Originally published as Le Plaidoyer d'un fou in 1895." --Title page verso.
"Previous translations into English have been made from the published French version or the Swedish translation of it; this is the first translation of Strindberg's original text"--Page [1].
"U.S. Distributor : DuFour Editions ; dufoureditions.com" --Sticker on back cover.
Description: 318 pages : portraits, facsimiles ; 20 cm
Contents: The Defences of a Madman: A Modernist Masterpiece / Anna Westerståhl Stenport --
Author's Preface (1894) --
Preface (1887) --
Overture --
Part I --
Part II --
Part III --
Part IV --
Conclusion --
Images --
Notes --
Translators' Afterword / Carol Sanders and Janet Garton --
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Other Titles: Plaidoyer d'un fou
Responsibility: by August Strindberg ; translated from the French with a translators' afterword by Carol Sanders and Janet Garton ; introduction by Anna Westerståhl Stenport.

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"This autobiographical novel is based on Strindberg's life in the 1870s and 1880s, and focuses on his marriage to Siri von Essen. It purports to be a vehicle for explaining to himself his role in the relationship from its ecstatic beginnings to its catastrophic conclusion. Strindberg was writing at the time of the modern women's movement and the intense Nordic debate on sexual morality, and the novel echoes on an anguished personal level the theme of the battle of the sexes. It is one of his many and varied attempts to write his own life, to use himself as raw material." --Back cover.

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