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Hash [Hardcover]

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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 23, 2004
Publisher   Overlook Hardcover
ISBN  1585674087  
EAN  9781585674084  

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The main ingredients in the recipes for Swedish hash differ widely. The meats, offal, and grain that go into its preparation---an elaborate process of boiling, pickling, steaming, and stewing---can range from the heinous to the dangerous, and the results can be alternately emetic and sublime. The search for the most delicious dish of hash---the ultimate hash---forms the backbone of this blackly comic, marvelously innovative new novel from one of Sweden's most esteemed and bestselling authors.

In a small town where an epidemic of tuberculosis rages, two very different men arrive to a scene of stoically accepted suffering. Robert Maser is a traveling garment salesman whose accent and demeanor betray the fact that he is actually Martin Borman, the fugitive Nazi leader. He engages the local schoolteacher, Lars, on the bizarre quest to find the world's best hash. As they wander the Swedish countryside, inviting themselves into peasant homes to sample the variety of humble family recipes, it becomes clear that their goal is much more than a culinary marvel, and that what they've really been seeking is the force of life that must present itself even in the darkest of times.

Their adventures are narrated in a faux-naf style by a 107-year-old newspaper reporter, who was witness to the events as they occurred in 1947, and has waited to confront his own relationship to life and death, happiness and suffering, and the power of art to express life's ambiguities.

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an odd and confusing delight...  May 10, 2005
Two parallel narratives run through this unusual book from a Swedish member of the Nobel Academy.

In post-war Sweden a schoolteacher and a German (who might just be Martin Bormann in disguise) travel around the country in search of the perfect hash (don't get too excited, the hash in question is the meatloaf-style dish traditional in those regions). Along the way they encounter a variety of weird characters.

In an old folks home, a 107 year old man suddenly starts writing again, 50 years after being dismissed from his job on a local paper. He picks up where he left off, telling the stories of the people in his village, much of which he may well be making up.

Is the elderly writer creating the tale of the hash hunters for us to read or is he, as he claims, just a journalist telling a true story?

There are many readings of this interesting novel and all will bring pleasure but it must be said that the unreliability of the storytelling, which in many ways is the attraction, can lead to confusion. You can forgive that small foible though and Hash is an intriguing addition to your world fiction library.

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