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When the guy whom he has harmed and betrayed reappears as head of his division, Hilary hopes for forgiveness, even for redemption and a brand new existence, yet reveals himself haunted via a ghostly repetition.

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Today on the glass door Hung a heart, a calf’s heart I think, Wrapped in frilly paper – I saw it shudder in the cold. Då gingo hastiga tankar till gamla Norrbro-Bazarn, där lysande fönsterraden beskådas av kvinnor och barn. Then my thoughts took flight to the old Norrbro bazaar where the gleaming rows of windows are viewed by women and children. Där hänger på boklådsfönstret en tunnklädd liten bok. Det är ett urtaget hjärta som dinglar där på sin krok. There in a bookshop’s window Hangs a little, calfskin book.

He was, for instance, never granted a Nobel Prize, though both his countrywoman Selma Lagerlöf and his fellow naturalist writer Gerhard Hauptmann were deemed worthy before Strindberg died in 1912. So Strindberg, unfortunately for the Swedes, is an uncomfortable and unruly national icon, not as invariably awe-inspiring as Shakespeare or as solidly respectable as Goethe or as avuncular as America’s Mark Twain. Even most English speakers, who remain unfamiliar with much of Strindberg’s œuvre, know that Strindberg was a difficult character.

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