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Hans Jæger

Portrait of Hans Jæger by Andreas Bloch

Hans Henrik Jæger (2 September 1854, Drammen, Norway – 8 February 1910, Oslo) was a Norwegian writer, philosopher and anarchist political activist who was part of the Oslo (then Kristiania) based bohemian group Kristianiabohêmen. He was prosecuted for his book Fra Kristiania-bohêmen and convicted to 60 days' imprisonment in a supreme court ruling in 1886. He and other bohemians tried to live by the nine commandments Jæger had formulated in the Fra Kristiania-bohêmen.

The following year, he was forced to flee Norway. He had been sentenced to 150 more days in prison after the Norwegian government learned that he had sent 300 copies of Fra Kristiania-bohêmen to Sweden under the auspices of a volume of Christmas stories.

He was a friend of Edvard Munch, and was the subject of one of Munch's paintings.


  • Kants fornuftskritik (Kant's critique of pure reason) 1878
  • Olga (play) 1883
  • En intellektuel Forførelse (play) (An Intellectual Seduction) 1884
  • Fra Kristiania-bohêmen (From the Christiania Bohemians) 1885
  • Julefortællinger av Hans Jæger (Christmas Stories by Hans Jæger, in reality the second volume of From the Christiania Bohemians) 1886
  • Albertine (with Christian Krohg) 1886
  • Min forsvarstale i høyesterett (My Defence Speech in the Supreme Court) 1886
  • Kristianiabilleder (Images of Christiania) 1888
  • Novelletter (Short Stories) 1889
  • Bohemens erotiske bekjennelser (The Erotic Confessions of the Bohemians)
    • Syk kjærlihet (part 1 of 3) 1893 (Twisted Love)
    • Bekjendelser (part 2 of 3) 1902 (Confessions)
    • Fængsel og fortvilelse (part 3 of 3) 1903 (Prison and Despair)
  • Anarkiets bibel (The Bible of Anarchism) 1906
  • Socialismens ABC (written between 1906-1910, never finished) (The ABC of Socialism)

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