IIn the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Then he added man. Maybe he wouldn’t have done it if he’d known what was coming. Anyway, Adam and Eve were wrong, God was furious. and launched Project Fall of Man. In doing so, he also created revenge as a concept.
Like my new novel Sweet Sweet Revenge Ltd Published in country after country, I’ve learned to answer questions about my overview of revenge in the most civilized way possible. I always say that revenge works best as a form of self-therapy. Someone steps on your toes and you plan 10 ways to get revenge. If you are a bit like me, these thoughts will make you feel better. But stop there. Do not follow it.
If you don’t know how to plan revenge in a good way, let the literature inspire you. These are my top tips on how you can learn to become a worse person.
1. The Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas
They say that an elephant never forgets. The same goes for the self-proclaimed Earl in Dumas’ classic adventure novel. Revenge is rarely as beautiful as when the practitioner is not in a hurry. Edmond Dantès waited 24 years. In my new novel, one of the main characters fantasizes about planting a hedge next to his neighbor’s plot, intending to let it grow until dark for the neighbor’s bed of carrots. He would have to wait 500 years, but all good things come to those who wait.
two. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Great literature, of course. Perhaps the greatest. If you haven’t read it yet, I suggest the following: buy two copies and give one to your friend. Read the book separately. Then sit down to discuss who Danish Prince Hamlet really is. You’ll never finish, I promise you. Hamlet is second on my list because, in terms of revenge, Shakespeare met his match at Dumas. You slowly build your revenge over a quarter of a century. The other engages in hasty assassinations and prolonged procrastination.
3. Nutshell by Ian McEwan
In my youth, I was fascinated by the novel by the Swedish writer PC Jersild A living soul, in which the protagonist is, in fact, a brain that floats freely inside an aquarium that is in a laboratory. The brain falls in love with its caregiver, which doesn’t work brilliantly. When I, 37 years later, read Ian McEwan, I remembered A Living Soul. In short, the protagonist is an unborn fetus inside his mother’s womb. It’s grim, funny, murderous, and inspired by Hamlet.
Four. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
During his short life, he published only this novel. The violent story was greeted with dismay. But his reputation grew. And it grew. In a classic. It was published 174 years ago and it still feels relevant and contemporary. The abandoned boy Heathcliff could never cope with the fact that his twin flame Catherine married a childhood friend. A wonderful novel that portrays passion and revenge throughout generations.
5. Escape, Evasion and Revenge by Marc H Stevens
“Only Stevens knew firsthand how much Hitler and his cronies deserved what he was about to deliver. And he wanted with all his might that one of his bombs would find its target and rid the world of this unspeakable evil. “The quote is from Stevens’ extraordinary biography of his father, Peter Stevens, who is currently flying over the English Channel. In a bomber, bound for Berlin, it’s the year 1941. Peter is about to be shot down and captured, and that’s just the beginning. The true story of a German Jewish pilot who became a British war hero.
6. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
A well-composed psychological thriller with a high vengeance factor. Writers Nick and Amy are the perfect couple. Or are? One day Amy left. The reader follows Nick and Amy’s perspectives, the latter through her diary entries. Flynn’s success in getting under the skin of two such different characters, in a marriage that is far from happy, is impressive. But can the storytellers be trusted?
7. Frans G Bengtsson’s Long Boats
The fantastic story of the Viking Orm Tostesson was published 80 years ago, but it is just as readable today. In the world of Orm, turning the other cheek is not an alternative to revenge. There, the one with the sharpest sword wins. During a party at the court of King Harald Blåtand, the Vikings Dyre and Toke argue at the table. But starting a duel in front of the king is not a good idea. “Should you and I go out to urinate?” Dyre asks. “I’d love to,” Toke responds. They bring their swords. After 10 minutes, Toke returns, covered in blood. When asked where Dyre is, he replies, “It took him a while, but now he’s finished urinating.” I have read The Long Ships 10 times. At least.
8. The Bible
This book is a bit heavy for my taste, but in some parts it is worth reading. In it, we learn that the right to take revenge belongs only to God. In Deuteronomy, God Himself speaks, and not he represses: “When I sharpen my flashing sword and my hand takes it in judgment, I will take revenge on my adversaries and pay those who hate me. I will make my arrows drunk with blood, while my sword devours flesh: the blood of the dead and captives, the heads of enemy leaders. A personal reflection: I think God takes it a little too far. After all, it was he who started the circus with the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. A little humility wouldn’t have hurt.
9. The Millennium series by Stieg Larsson
Introverted computer whiz Lisbeth Salander is mistreated by the authorities and the men in power in dystopian Sweden. But she defends herself without forgiveness. When I travel the world with my books, the international press makes constant connections between Larsson’s Sweden and mine. Everyone seems in awe of how two Swedish writers can achieve such diametrically different tones in their storytelling and yet achieve great international success. Or as one French journalist put it: “You don’t seem sad at all. Are you sure you are Swedish?
10. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The protagonist Raskolnikov is reasoning with himself. If you kill the terrible moneylender who haunts so many, you would be doing the world a favor, on behalf of humanity. At the same time, Raskolnikov himself is one of the people in debt whose finances suddenly improve. with the disappearance of the lender. In an internal dialogue, one is torn between the conviction that he has He acted righteously, and the alternative theory that he is, in fact, pretty lousy. In short, Raskolnikov takes revenge on Raskolnikov. A masterful literary work!
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism