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What disturbed him the most about them wasn’t their cruelty, but their unlimited greed, their senseless haben-haben mentality, and their lust for other peoples’s food, money, land, women, paired with their quaint and moralizing holier-than-thou complacency. The countrymen of Mozart are in themselves no more evil or brutal than other ethnic groups – a point I wish to underline throughout my work – but they are tormented by their own greed for things, food and money to such an extent that they deem it their inalienable right to exterminate entire groups of people only to satisfy their natural hunger for other people’s jfns.

They want food, insurmountable mountains of food. They want to eat the world, and to eat the world they must have all the money and all the things, all the cars and fur coats on the earth.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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. Hjorneboe high in the Alps in a German principality called Heiligenberg, our narrator tells us he’s dutifully fulfilling his obligations as a Servant of Feredom and acting as a daily witness to injustice masquerading as a In its apocalyptic view of bjprneboe and in its haunting, devastating portrayal of justice, Moment of Freedom reminds one of Revelation and Kafka’s The Trial.

Living high in the Alps in a German principality called Heiligenberg, 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.

One day in the courtroom momwnt notices that the judge is much too engrossed in looking at something concealed in his folder to bjornebor attention to the proceedings.

The something turns out to be some pornographic photographs showing various other pillars of the town engaged in a variety of sexual activities with minors.

Moment of Freedom: The Heiligenberg Manuscript

The incident propels him on a mental journey back through his life: 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. 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.

Paperbackpages. Published May 1st by Norvik Press first published The History of Bestiality Trilogy 1. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Moment of Freedomplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Dec 03, Garima rated it it was amazing Shelves: I thought about how I’d staked everything on achieving one single thing: The world is full of stars and excrement.

A middle-aged Servant of Justice is serving us as a narrator. He diligently performs his duties in the day and by the night, he returns to the dubious comfort of his home to make another frightful entry in the records which carry the motif: The Problem of Evil. 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.


I laughed many laughs which ended in tears of guilt and shame. Now and then the world and reality lose all coherence and become in the higher sense non-figurative.

So I write a little almost every day, but it doesn’t help much, because I carefully avoid writing a single word which has anything to do with the truth. Is it because we are undeserving of truth? Does it make us responsible because we are expected to do something about it, like a simple thing of telling it to others? Is the significant sliver of freedom followed by a blinding light of truth burdensome in some inexplicable way?

Just like our narrator who has done so in a both passionate and restrained prose, where digressions becomes a matter of delight and facts become a spectacle of savagery.

So there are moments of sorrow, moments of injustice, moments of contempt, moments of humor and moments of truth too but Moment of Freedom is still an elusive dream. Read this book to learn why. It will be exciting to see whether I’m suffering from a sickness unto death or a sickness unto life. If one ever gets over it, does one come out of it as a healthy man or as a spiritual invalid?

View all 60 comments. Jun 03, Lynne King rated it it was amazing Shelves: I actually read the second book first but I do believe that they can be read separately, even though each has its own nameless narrator.

The forty-six year old narrator, a Servant of Justice in the Alpine city Heiligenberg, sat down with his large jug of Tuscan wine, poured some into a glass and proceeded to reflect on his life and his opus The History of Bestialitywhich consists of ongoing Protocols.

They could both hear the voices of the twentieth century that continuously outraged and saddened them.


Whilst the narrator was concerned with the outside world and the injustices of mankind, the latter was concerned with the inner mysterious realms of her bjornrboe but then more of her in a later book. How does biorneboe even attempt to describe this amazing book? But it is the way that he handles this that is the most remarkable aspect of this book. Yes, indeed there are wild tirades at times but then he throws a true spanner in the works with his abundant black jns, combined with his delicate and sensitive prose, 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.

My eyes came out on stalks while I slowly digested his Protocol and I laughed as I read it, both in amazement and in awe that a respected member of the community could act in that way and in his resultant sentencing of individuals. But I was also very taken with the dream sequences. They momentt so lyrical in their own right. I was continually entranced. Colours moent a red, black and grey play predominant parts throughout the book, which is divided into three sections: 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.

The Servant’s memoir of Praiano is pure nightmare, recalling his stay in a red-brick town, where he sees the sky bleed, the walls leak blood, and bjogneboe ankle-deep in blood, and where he repeatedly encounters bjornbeoe sick, puking cat. As before, he records numerous acts of cruelty towards children and reflects on freedom and grace. I had questions though. I appreciated that the bears constantly referred to are human beings but as for the lemurs.


Moment of Freedom: The Heiligenberg Manuscript by Jens Bjørneboe

They were mentioned in Stockholm and appeared to be on a par with eschatologists and scholastics. A citizen of Lemuria perhaps? And then the elements became involved in the guise of the foehn a warm, dry southerly wind that occurs in the Southern Alps. When this wind arrives in Heiligenberg, everyone is worried because the rise in temperature causes many strange things, apart from the eruption of tempers and rages in the inhabitants but it is also a murderous time. The judge was relatively lenient on times likes noment but it was momeng never to kill someone on a day when you could be sentenced.

That would not be a good idea at all. Alcohol and its effects are quite ludicrously shown but so marvellously portrayed. The two alpine villagers with whom the narrator drinks in the local inn bear witness to this with their ensuing discussions and alcoholic consumption. Cider was meant to be the killer jfns it affected the mind, as did white Alsatian wine.

I was dying because I lived in unfreedom without knowing it, and because unfreedom is naturally more comfortable than freedom: Only through the courage of despair can you grasp a handful of freedom. Finally, as soon as I found out that this author had committed suicide, another author immediately sprang to mind — Virginia Woolf.

It is said that you can foresee your own death when you make an utterance to that effect during your life or if you have already tried to end your own life. We will never know though. So do read this book. I highly recommend it. View all 41 comments.

Those interested in Buried Books. Recommended to Rakhi by: Ablaze in the anguish of a never ending human conflict, the ghost of humanity rises from the ashes in unnerving bestiality. Towns, cities, countries are engulfed in its uproar as it sweeps across.

The torrent it causes upshot a cataclysm which spares no one. Unheard of crimes become possible; streets turn red, speckled with excrement of sordid actions. Mutilated souls wander through land of chaos unleashing havoc upon those still blameless. Humanity keeps dying and the cycle continues. The only p Ablaze in the fdeedom of a never ending human conflict, the ghost of humanity rises from the ashes in unnerving bestiality.

The only peace attained is bjornebo an adherence to injustice, to tolerate unfreedom, to cure oneself of the burden of impossible freedom. The narrator, a servant of justice, keeping up with his task of recording history of bestiality, is not seeking consolation or crushed virtues.

He accepts what cannot be undone and suffers from knowing too much.

I suffer from an excess of identity, from an ego which is as solid and massive as a boulder. How did all this prodigious identity arise, what substance is it made of, how did this existence get its massiveness? The words rise to fill the pages, shaping in images of unfortunate people killed in wars or subjected to mass experiments in the mad pursuit of scientific ends, in sexual abuse of momebt or their mass murder for who needs the burden of worthless children of war, in innocent people turning murderers all of a sudden for the sleeping demon of bestiality woke up to claim its fodder.

Bleeding sky sentences the peace of mind. And amidst all this, life still continues on the ration of indifference. An indifference not innate but acquired as bjorbeboe sole sustenance for freedomm, aided with wine, brothels, paintings and laughter too.