Cover of Det Nya Riket

Det Nya Riket

Auhtor: August Strindberg

Language: swedish
Published: 1913

Genres:

fiction and literature
Downloads: 267
eBook size: 373Kb

Review by Bob Tobias, May 2009


Rating: (****)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
Please check the copyright status in your country.

Summary of the Book 'Det Nya Riket':

Johan August Strindberg (22 January 1849 ? 14 May 1912) was a Swedish playwright novelist and essayist. A prolific writer who often drew directly on his personal experience Strindbergs career spanned four decades during which time wrote over 60 plays and more than 30 works of fiction autobiography history cultural analysis and politics. A bold experimenter and iconoclast throughout he explored a wide range of dramatic methods and purposes from naturalistic tragedy monodrama and history plays to his anticipations of expressionist and surrealist dramatic techniques. From his earliest work Strindberg developed forms of dramatic action language and visual composition so innovative that many were to become technically possible to stage only with the advent of film. He is considered the father of modern Swedish literature and his The Red Room (1879) has frequently been described as the first modern Swedish novel. The Royal Theatre rejected his first major play Master Olof in 1872 it was not until 1881 at the age of 32 that its premire at the New Theatre gave him his theatrical breakthrough. In his plays The Father (1887) Miss Julie (1888) and Creditors (1889) he created naturalistic dramas that?building on the established accomplishments of Henrik Ibsens prose problem plays while rejecting their use of the structure of the well-made play?responded to the call-to-arms of mile Zolas manifesto Naturalism in the Theatre (1881) and the example set by Andr Antoines newly-established Thtre Libre (opened 1887). In Miss Julie characterisation replaces plot as the predominant dramatic element (in contrast to melodrama and the well-made play) and the determining role of heredity and the environment on the vacillating disintegrated characters is emphasised. Strindberg modelled his short-lived Scandinavian Experimental Theatre (1889) in Copenhagen on Antoines theatre and he explored the theory of Naturalism in his essays On Psychic Murder (1887) On Modern Drama and the Modern Theatre (1889) and a preface to Miss Julie the last of which is probably the best-known statement of the principles of the theatrical movement. During the 1890s he spent significant time abroad engaged in scientific experiments and studies of the occult. A series of psychotic attacks between 1894 to 1896 (referred to as his Inferno crisis) led to his hospitalisation and return to Sweden. Under the influence of the ideas of Emanuel Swedenborg he resolved after his recovery to become the Zola of the Occult. In 1898 he returned to playwriting with To Damascus which like The Great Highway (1909) is a dream-play of spiritual pilgrimage. His A Dream Play (1902)?with its radical attempt to dramatise the workings of the unconscious by means of an abolition of conventional dramatic time and space and the splitting doubling merging and multiplication of its characters?was an important precursor to both expressionism and surrealism. He also returned to writing historical drama the genre with which he had begun his playwriting career. He helped to run the Intimate Theatre from 1907 a small-scale theatre modelled on Max Reinhardts Kammerspielhaus that staged his chamber plays.

Excerpts from the Book 'Det Nya Riket':


... ehuru de st i statskalendern och som sdana skulle kunna hava ngot inflytande p det offentliga livet. Folket hurrar hela gatan efter, det rr sig som ...
... som Frlsaren, drfr att det r en plikt vi fylla, en plikt, som r erknd av samhlle, stat och kyrka. Och nr vi hlla vr korta gudstjnst i den stora fyrkantiga ...
... krafter funnit den Arkimedespunkt, varmed jorden kan rras. Tusentals idoga arbetare hava genom dem ftt ett lttvun brd och vra sm kapitalister ett ...
... i tillmpningen. Slunda brjar Carl XV:s, det vill sga: Svenska Folkets historia 1859-1872 p fljande uttrycksfulla stt: Konung Carl XV, som vid 33 rs lder ...
... tillfrordnad chef, men drfr var han icke den blivande chefen, och han blev det icke heller, ty han var icke ngot chefsmne. Med chefsmne menas ngot ...
... namn, vilka hri upphrt att dyrka. Sina lediga stunder tillbragte han p Solna kyrkogrd, dr han studerade sina nya filosofer, vilka ppnade fr honom ...
... fortstta kampen fr tillvaron. Landsmnnens mera populra frklaring, att han var ett offer fr hgfrden, sin slkts och sina kamraters, vann mera anslutning. Vra ...
... nerver skaka han vnder bort sitt ansikte. - Men det r frfrligt, utbrister han och hans askgra ansikte rycker av sinnesrrelse. - Man skulle ...
... dr skyddssystemet r s utvecklat, skulle man ha rtt att vnta sig mera lysande resultat n man i verkligheten finner. Tyvrr har en upplyst samtid funnit ...
... sin mamma, som var rdd fr ormar. Men efter att ha bermt i tv rs tid, brjade recensenterna att ledsna p detta som just icke var verensstmmande med deras ...
... vljer han alltid sdana medel, som kunna genom yttre freteelse bde giva ett synligt uttryck t hans tacksamhet och p samma gng bliva en prydnad fr samhllet. ...
... den uppvxande kontorspersonalen ville gna sig litet mera t det allmnnas tjnst, s skulle den kanske, vi sga kanske, kunna motse en tryggad och rad lderdom ...
... kmpar kunna le mot varandra som augurer, nr de rkas mellan skl och vgg - blott man icke hller tal, ty d r man inne p offentligheten och d mste ljugas. I ...
... Ngra vgade i all tysthet gissa, att det skulle vara en skndlig anspelning p hans poesi (vilken i s fall menades verka som okokta rter) men anspelningen ...
... men Mns borstare lt icke tiden g frbi i ondan utan han ppnade genast sin mun och talade med mssan i handen:. - Ers majestt, mina herrar. Med knnedom ...
... och dess vrdnad fr det sekelgamla beprvade, men den enfaldigare delen av allmnheten som icke knde de egyptiska Faraonernas frtrffliga tillvaro menade ...
... sig dromkring och ropa: rr ej vid helgedomen. Den kungliga skaparens ande svvar nnu ver vattnen och uttalar sitt varde ljus. Och helgernarne skola ...
... Olsson svarade:. - Han lskade icke att g p operan, ty han frstod icke utlndska sprk (Bravo.), han ville icke rsta tv re till nationaloperan, ty ngon ...
... uppvaktningar och skyndar att meddela nyheten sjlv, fr att slippa f den i nsan. Nyheten sprids: Svenska akademien har kompletterat sig med ett nytt val. ...
... sin erknsla (direktren som icke ser ngot slut p punkten, dricker litet sockervatten och fortstter vid dligt humr), sin erknsla fr de utmrkta tjnster ...