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Urwind (1993) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

In Urwind, on the face of it a simple tale of a Helsinki antiquarian bookseller whose wife has abandoned him, there is a complex layering of experience, past and present. The telling is more a matter of inner than outer events—intimate, rapt.

In the 'ur-vind', or primordial attic, are stored not only relics from the story-teller's past, but also memories of the neighbours, friends and relations who inhabited the apartment house in which he was brought up. The 'ur-vind' is also the cosmic wind, blowing from beyond the reassuring walls of houses and apartments. And it is the story-teller's name Daniel Urwind, in whom is focused a wealth of literary and artistic allusions and antecedents that include the Merz-Bau of Kurt Schwitters, the paintings of Caezanne and the fiction of Kafka.

Original title: Urwind
Original languages: Swedish


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: Urwind

Urwind (1998)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: David McDuff
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Manifested in:

Urwind (December 9, 1998)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: Evanston, IL
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 9780810116184
Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.8 x 0.8
Pages: 189

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