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The Angel of Death   By: (1779-1839)

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The Angel of Death by Johan Olof Wallin is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that delves deep into themes of mortality, spirituality, and the human condition. Set in a small town in Sweden during the mid-19th century, the story follows the life of Jonas, a young pastor plagued by existential questions and a fascination with death.

Wallin's writing style is beautiful and evocative, painting vivid imagery of the Swedish countryside and infusing the narrative with a sense of melancholy. His prose flows effortlessly, enthralling readers from the very first page and immersing them in the intense emotions experienced by the characters.

At the heart of the novel is Jonas, a complex and introspective protagonist. His internal struggle with faith and the meaning of life is expertly portrayed, and readers can't help but be drawn into his journey, experiencing his turmoil as if it were their own. Wallin skillfully explores the nature of mortality and the boundaries of religion, raising profound questions that linger long after the final page is turned.

The exploration of spirituality is another notable aspect of the book. Wallin doesn't shy away from tackling profound and existential subjects, offering readers a glimpse into the depths of human longing and the search for purpose. The author's deep understanding of religious themes is evident throughout, and he seamlessly weaves them into the narrative.

While the plot unfolds at a leisurely pace, it is filled with significant events that challenge not only Jonas but also those around him. The supporting characters are well-developed and contribute to the richness of the story. Each one brings their unique perspectives on life, death, and faith, further enhancing the novel's thematic depth.

The Angel of Death is not a light read, but it is a captivating one. It confronts readers with difficult questions about existence, mortality, and the search for meaning, leaving them pondering long after the final chapter. Johan Olof Wallin's poetic prose and masterful storytelling create an unforgettable reading experience that will resonate deeply with anyone who contemplates life's greater mysteries.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1882, By A. W. Almqvist, New York, In the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.



The original, of which this is a translation, is universally considered one of the very best among many beautiful poems written by the same illustrious author. The sublime didactic thoughts therein expressed, in language majestic and yet so simple, have won for it a constantly increasing popularity; and, during half a century, in a language so rich in literary beauties as the Swedish, have maintained it among the foremost of poetical productions of its kind.

A correct English translation, therefore, is fraught with difficulties which but few persons can appreciate. It has been my aim to reproduce the poem in the original meter, with the rhymes in their proper places. Of course, care has been taken to preserve the sense, and even the idioms of the original. How far I have been successful it is hardly for me to say. As it is, I give it to the reading public.

The poem has undoubted merits in the original. If the merits are concealed in the translation, the fault is mine... Continue reading book >>

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