This anthology of thirty shorter works by Herman Bang, conceived in response to the unjust neglect of his œuvre in the English-speaking world, aims to remedy this neglect by offering a representative selection of stories (thirteen), journalistic and autobiographical writings (sixteen), as well as a portrait of the internationally famous late nineteenth-century French actress Sarah Bernhardt.

Poul Houe's introduction informs about these works and their author within the context of what has become known as the Modern Breakthrough in Scandinavia, initiated by the Danish critic Georg Brandes in 1871.

The title chosen for this anthology not only alludes to Herman Bang's work; it also triggers a thought process in the readers about the situations Bang confronts them with. Bang's insight into the human character, his fine sense for the balance of tragic and comic aspects of the human condition and of social reality as he encountered them at home and...

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