A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Moment of Freedom by Jens Bjørneboe. MOMENT OF FREEDOM: The Heiligenberg Manuscript by Jens Bjorneboe’s Witness/Searcher recites his existential primer–to stay sane one. Booktopia has Moment of Freedom, B by Jens Bjorneboe. Buy a discounted Paperback of Moment of Freedom online from Australia’s leading online bookstore.

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To view it, click here. Nov 14, Torsten rated it it was amazing Shelves: After reading the author’s biography, I have to recognize that the initial statement is not quite correct. The narrator recalls much of his past. The question was clear: Lists with This Book. I am mad–thus making myself the World’s accomplice in the Mooment against the Holy Spirit.

The powers that be claim to represent freedom – because freedom means to realize the necessity of bowing before power”.

Moment of Freedom: The Heiligenberg Manuscript by Jens Bjørneboe

With echoes of Nietzsche and Sartre, we see him striving to live uncoerced by power, unpersuaded by friends, to take for himself the liberty of stating his critique in order to live in his own moment of truth, to stand far out at the edge of the abyss. For literature has always had a certain quality of a screen — it both exposes and hides. That buorneboe, there remains a freshness to the horror, it is vivid beyond any category and narrative arc. The other thing that almost bjornboe this novel is that about toward the end it threatened to go all existentialist.


Just like our narrator who bbjorneboe done so in a both passionate and restrained prose, where digressions becomes a matter freedlm delight and facts become a spectacle of savagery. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.

There is this part of the book where the narrator talks about his father and his memories of him. Apr 24, Paul Martin rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

And that’s what this novel is, too. Mar 19, la Maga De Rayuela rated it really liked it. One gets transferred from one harsh reality to another and the journey appears ever so smooth because of the presence of dark humor, which is nothing but a deceitful trap of wrapping a straitjacket around the readers and incapacitating them for any stupid try of breaking away.

One day he notices that the judge is much too engrossed in looking at pornographic photographs showing various other pillars of the town engaged in a variety of sexual activities with minors.

Quite the contrary, I suffer from an excess of identity, from an ego which is as solid and massive as a boulder. Moment of Freedom is ultimately too crude, not effectively enough shaped into a fiction though the substance — and the tone — is there.

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It’s not like these are all too bloodily told. This book is remarkably sad. The judge was relatively lenient on times likes this but it was wise never to kill someone on a day when you could be sentenced.


Acknowledging his Germanic past, the narrator realizes that all his attempts to perceive order in life lead only to his acceptance of the chaos of life. Trivia About Moment of Freedom If one ever gets over it, does one come out of it as a healthy man or as a spiritual invalid? Humanity keeps dying and the cycle continues. Het resultaat is een curieuze en volstrekt richtingloze zoektocht naar herinneringen, die bol staan van drank, ellende, hoeren, ellende, reizen, drank, oorlog en ellende.

Moment of Freedom: The Heiligenberg Manuscript

I cannot recommend it highly enough. The world is my breakfast. It is even a call to action, but to personal, meaningful action.

The city of ruins. It isn’t so inexorable, because a lie can be made right again, it can ffreedom corrected with a new lie, it isn’t final and absolute.

Jun 25, Gary rated it it was amazing. I knew the right answer, but I didn’t dare to utter it: