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SANDEMOSE, Aksel.

A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks.

With a Note by Sigrid Undset. Translated from the Norwegian for the First Time by Eugene Gay-Tifft.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1936 Stock Code: 145339
£750.00
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"Written with genius and weird power" - Sigrid Undset

First and only edition in English, first printing, of the Danish-Norwegian writer's most notable book. This satyrical novel was first published as En flyktning krysser sitt spor (1933). This title has not been reprinted since, and is therefore of the utmost scarcity, especially so in such fine condition and with the jacket.

Through this confession of a man who killed another yet lives a normal life in the town of Jante in Denmark, Sandemose introduces the "Law of Jante", a sort of cruel and oppressive version of the Ten Commandments which governs the behaviour of the citizens. The "Law of Jante" became a literary element assumed by some to explain the egalitarian nature of Nordic countries.

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Description

Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine and pictorial stamp to front board in silver, top edge black, others untrimmed. With dust jacket.

Condition

Spine ends a trifle bumped, the binding otherwise sharp and vibrant, internally crisp. A fine copy in the very good jacket, a couple of small edge-splits (mostly to spine ends) sometime repaired with tape to verso, light creasing along upper edge, spine panel a little darkened, else fresh, not price-clipped.

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