The Death of Society: A Novel of Tomorrow


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A weary survivor of the Great War, Major Rane Smith wanders in a great ennui amidst the mystical beauties of the fjords of Norway after the War, seeking a spiritual renewal. Deep in the forest he stumbles fatefully upon the strange, almost elvish home of Karl Ingman, an iconoclastic old Ibsen scholar. There Major Smith meets Ingman's two beautiful young daughters and his eldritch wife Rosa, entering into long days of profound dialogue with each member of the family. A rare and exquisite gem of a novel, The Death of Society is one of the most remarkable books of the post-War era, showing Wilson's deep intellectual, artistic, and philosophical passions against the backdrop of a romantic passion just as profound. Fallen into a strange obscurity after her untimely death, Romer Wilson deserves a revival of reputation that was recognized in her lifetime when she was awarded the prestigious Hawthornden Prize for this novel. - Summary by Expatriate

(6 hr 18 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01 30:29 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 02 17:32 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 03 6:56 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 04 28:39 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 05 6:31 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 06 18:14 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 07 17:32 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 08 15:11 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 09 22:17 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 10 8:22 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 11 31:06 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 12 12:37 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 13 14:16 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 14 15:02 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 15 24:59 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 16 17:35 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 17 10:31 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 18 9:51 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 19 16:46 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 20 23:51 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 21 13:55 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 22 11:41 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 23 5:02 Read by Expatriate