A Portrait of a Danish Conman: Otto Stein Framed within the Life and Novels of his Creator, Jacob Paludan
Frantz Leander Hansen (Author)
Frantz Leander Hansen has written a brilliant book about Otto Stein (Martin Zerlang, University of Copenhagen, reviewing the Danish edition in Scandinavian Studies, University of Illinois Press, Vol. 92, No. 2). Jacob Paludans Danish classic novel Jorgen Stein (1933) includes the subordinate character Otto Stein, a man about town in the roaring 1920s and a promising barrister. Involvement in small-time crime leads to large-scale confidence trickery which ends in decline, fall and suicide. This literary portrait of an epoch of deceit and fraud as a cultural phenomenon brings to the fore the economics and criminal psychology of the period. Otto Stein is viewed as an ultra-topical figure of our time, someone whose impact on the modern world is important and felt within the spheres of literature, philosophy, jurisprudence, and criminal investigation of contemporary fraudulent behaviour. Inquiry focuses on the path that leads to his suicide. Literary sources of inspiration that contributed to the moulding of the character of Otto Stein are investigated, especially those of Herman Bang, Thomas Mann and Fjodor Dostjevskij. Relevant are Jacob Paludans other five novels that were published prior to Jorgen Stein, where seeds to Ottos character are sown. Critical to understanding the novel and the character is the scam that deprived Paludan of a financial inheritance. Herewith a superb novelistic example of how a writer merges the historical with the contemporary to reveal a psychology of exploitation dangerously meaningful to us all. illus
About the Author
Frantz Leander Hansen is a Master of Arts in Literature and employed at The Karen Blixen Museum, Denmark. He teaches and gives lectures at various academic establishments in Denmark.
- Contributor: Frantz Leander Hansen
- Imprint: Sussex Academic Press
- ISBN13: 9781789760897
- Number of Pages: 160
- Packaged Dimensions: 138x216mm
- Packaged Weight: 210
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
- Release Date: 2021-07-01
- Binding: Paperback / softback
- Biography: Frantz Leander Hansen is a Master of Arts in Literature and employed at The Karen Blixen Museum, Denmark. He teaches and gives lectures at various academic establishments in Denmark.
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