canned and preserved things to such an extent that the cellar bulgedwith food....And his feud with his son-in-law about his daughter'sremains is taken from real life.]That many of the characters in Den forsvundne Fuldm>ig had real-life counterparts unquestionably adds a certain amount of authenticity,This content downloaded from 18.104.22.168 on Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:28:21 UTCAll use subject to
42 Scandinavian Studieseven piquancy, to the personae of the novel.8 More than ththe fact that these real-life counterparts were so easy for readers to identify, even in the framework of the fictiontestifies to the author's considerable skill in capturing the individual. Scherfig's flair for characterizing real people seby carrying over to the creation and depiction of his fictand made these imaginary figures too seem to be very mThe Author's MessageAs noted earlier, all three novels contain elements of sociBoth Salig Mathias 'Pascal and especially Den forsvundnaddress the problematic relationship of the individual to sopart, Pirandello stresses the inter-personal aspect (how, fdominant members of society preyed on their more docilots) and approaches the problem from a more abstracviewpoint. The emphasis on social criticism is much less oMann, der zweimal leben wollte. Andreas, although he broissues, does not elaborate on them to anything approachinthat Scherfig and Pirandello do. In Den forsvundne FuldmScherfig in fact goes considerably beyond either Pirandelin his critique of society and attacks the very foundationsgeois system by revealing its various shortcomings.It is therefore in the author's message xhztDenforsvundnmost radically distinguishes itself from Salig Mathias Mann, der zweimal leben wollte. As should be evident fromdiscussion, Hans Scherfig's overriding message is a socio-phe sought in this novel (as he did in virtually everything tto expose the weaknesses and inequities of bourgeois so464-5). Numerous examples of Scherfig's social criticforsvundne Fuldmœtgig can be cited. I will limit myself tothe more striking instances:1. Hans Scherfig utilizes the theme of mistaken idenAmsted and Michael Mogensen as Doppelgänger) with greamake a significant point. The Doppelgänger effect allows show Amsted and Mogensen as failed products of a flaw8 Scherfig's ink drawing of Athos Josephsen, the real-life model for Mis reproduced in Bay (34). In private interviews, Scherfig's surviving finformed the author of this article of the identity of the Danes (andwhom Scherfig based many of his fictional characters.This content downloaded from 22.214.171.124 on Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:28:21 UTCAll use subject to
Den forsvundne Ftjldjvlegtig 43social order. The lives of both Amsted and Mogensen end in themanner, each one having chosen death (albeit a symbolic one in Acase) over life in the bourgeois system. Although Fred Andintroduces the Doppelgänger motif in the interesting scene that Hesse I and Hesse II, he does not take further artistic advantageproductive motif and capitalize on its potential (Mann 44-5).