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Title: Kallocain Title Record # 13583
Author: Karin Boye
Date: 1966-00-00
Variant Title of: Kallocain [Swedish] (1940) [may list more publications, awards, reviews, votes and covers]
Type: NOVEL
Webpages: Wikipedia-EN
Language: English
Note: Originally published in Sweden in 1940. Translated by Gustaf Lannestock.
Synopsis: This is a novel of the future, profoundly sinister in its vision of a drab terror. Ironic and detached, the author shows us the totalitarian World-state through the eyes of a product of that state, scientist Leo Kall. Kall has invented a drug, kallocain, which denies the privacy of thought and is the final step towards the transmutation of the individual human being into a "happy, healthy cell in the state organism." For, says Leo, "from thoughts and feelings, words and actions are born. How then could these thoughts and feelings belong to the individual? Doesn't the whole fellow-soldier belong to the state? To whom should his thoughts and feelings belong then, if not to the state?" As the first-person record of Leo Kall, scientist, fellow-soldier too late disillusioned to undo his previous actions, Kallocain achieves a chilling power and veracity that place it among the finest novels to emerge from the strife-torn Europe of the twentieth century.
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Publications

Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Kallocain 1966-00-00 Karin Boye University of Wisconsin Press (The Nordic Translation Series)     xxv+
193
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
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Kallocain 1985-10-00 Karin Boye Fromm International 0-88064-050-2 $7.95 193
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
novel  
Kallocain 2002-04-22 Karin Boye University of Wisconsin Press (Library of World Fiction) 0-299-03894-7 $18.95 xxv+
193
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
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Kallocain date unknown Karin Boye University of Wisconsin Press (Library of World Fiction) 978-0-299-03894-6 $18.95 xxv+
193
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
novel Jay Jansheski Checkmark
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