Bjørnstjerne Martinus Bjørnson: Det Ny System [The New System] (1106 words)

  • Kathryn Jane Rees (Anglia Ruskin University)
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This play is primarily social satire, a psychological analysis of the effect of the “small state” on its citizens. We never learn what the “new system” actually is, although engineering terms are used to create a semblance of it. It is a metaphor for a business philosophy which is based on lies and bravado. Attempts to expose the system have been discredited, until a fresh voice from America intervenes, prepared to stand up to vested interests at any cost.

The play opens with a discussion between Karl Ravn, a formerly enthusiastic and confident railroad engineer who is now embittered and cynical, and Hans Kampe, recently returned from a seven-year period in America, and full of ambitious new ideas.  A…



Citation:
Rees, Kathryn Jane. "Det Ny System". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 October 2017
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38799, accessed 15 December 2017.]


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