1971 1st edition, 2nd printing; "Newly translated from the Norwegian by Gerry Bothmer"; Farrar, Straus and Giroux publishers, New York; hardbound in burgundy boards with gilt stamp lettering on spine (minor fading - see pic); quite good condition of unmarked pages except for previous owner's name inside cover page; no dust jacket.
Mysteries (Norwegian: Mysterier, 1892) is the second novel by Norwegian author Knut Hamsun.
The community of a small Norwegian coastal town is shaken by the arrival of eccentric stranger Johan Nagel, who proceeds to shock, bewilder, and beguile its bourgeois inhabitants with his bizarre behavior, feverish rants, and uncompromising self-revelations.
The novel was originally published in Norwegian in Norway in 1892. It was translated into English by Gerry Bothmer and published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1971, with an afterword by Isaac Bashevis Singer, who said, "The whole school of fiction in the 20th century stems from Hamsun." Mysteries is said to have "the shape and spirit of the modern novel, produced at a time when the modern novel did not yet exist".