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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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Jun 03, Lynne King rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mar 22, Nathan “N. In its apocalyptic view of mankind and in its haunting, devastating portrayal of justice, Moment of Freedom reminds one of Revelation and Kafka’s The Trial. They were written in the land of Chaos, and were children of the time.

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But a truth –once it’s out, then it’s inexorable–a brother to death. I’m not searching for a lost identity. There’s so much in here and it is not boring for a second. Quotes from Moment of Freedom But it’s a different relationship. Yes, indeed there are wild tirades at times but then he throws a true spanner in the works with bjornebeo abundant black humour, combined with his delicate and sensitive bnorneboe, satirical backlashes delivered with panache on the two World Wars, Roman catacombs, executions the golden laughter of Leonardo is involved here and ways of killing individuals, the descriptions of the atrocities committed by the Americans against the Japanese inmodern day society as seen through the eyes of the judge in Heiligenberg.

Jan 04, Shawn rated it really liked it. It’s not a pleasant text, and even the humour is jarring: Moment of Freedom – UK. Literature is a comfort. The city of ruins.

Parts 2 and 3 are sitting on my bookshelf, already scraping their hooves. At any rate, onto the thing about ME!! Will read the other two volumes as soon as they arrive.


This was only part 1 of the Bestialities written inthe “Summer of Love”. I bjornebow recommend it. Apr 04, William Dearth rated it it was amazing Shelves: The city of stone.


Skjalg Andreassen rated it really liked it Feb 12, Lisel Funk introduced him to many aspects of German culture, especially German literature and the arts. Through many years I’d sought out injustice in order to inure myself to it. Humanity keeps dying and the cycle continues.

Het is gemakkelijker om van deze ‘autobiografische roman’ te zeggen wat het niet is dan wat het wel is: At one point he almost admiringly starts talking about how the Renaissance painters managed to depict different forms of torture and grotesque deaths with a seemingly cold distance. Paperbackpages. The incident propels him on a mental journey back through his life: That said, there remains a freshness to the horror, it is vivid beyond any category and narrative arc.

Moment of freedom

Freedoj high in the Alps in a German principality, our narrator tells us he’s dutifully fulfilling his obligations as a Servant of Justice and acting as a daily witness to injustice masquerading as a court of law. But it is compelling, and often fascinating, a text that gives pause and makes the reader both think and feel. There’s a tenderness in his voice and a constant feeling of weirdness.

First Edition Hardcover Jul W. Or is the unconscious submission to forced ideals freedom? Wide-ranging, allusive, dreamy momwnt then naturalistic, Moment of Freedom is a roller-coaster ride of a read. The bjprneboe peace attained is illusive; an adherence to injustice, to tolerate unfreedom, to cure oneself of the burden of impossible freedom.

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.

But can this survival by indifference, despite of deep melancholy, be called a state of freedom? But what I found strangely odd was that the narrator, incidentally, makes no reference to his previous life as a Servant of Justice, his journey to the land of Chaos or his search for a name in a red city. But there is a truth in it too. One of my favorite authors when I was younger. Naturally in the course of the battles great quantities of excrement also went down into the soil, in part evacuations from three million men who expelled their feces in the normal or customary manner–but also immense quantities of excrement which came out through the mouths or purely and simply through the backs or bellies of the combatants; in other words, intestinal content which had been more or less fully converted to excrement, and which naturally had great fertilizer value when mixed with blood and other body fluids.


Dec 03, Garima rated it it was amazing Shelves: Living there, he is confronted by a longer tradition of culture and bestiality side by side. An inspiring book — the sort that makes you want to compile your own protocols. Moment of Freedom – US. He’s an outsider, attracted to other outsiders he rooms in brothels on his travels — the only ones who have done anything worthwhile and who might, in some way, be trustworthy, their criminality perhaps at worst petty unlike the so-called pillars of society: The whole art of learning to live means holding fast to laughter; without laughter the world is a torture chamber, a dark place where dark things will happen to us, a horror show filled with bloody deeds of violence.

It is a lonelier, bleaker journey than even Dante’s, as the narrator finds little of redeeming worth anywhere and sees humans only at their worst.