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Novel 11, Book 18 Hardcover – Dec 16 2008

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harvill Secker (Dec 16 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843432110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843432111
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #681,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"unexpectedly moving... [a] wry, fantastic book" Irish Times Books of The Year "Brilliant and subtle... What matters is Solstad's dedicated application to the mysteries of human conduct and relations that his town treasurer illustrates" -- Paul Binding Independent

About the Author

Dag Solstad has been a central figure in Norwegian literature since his debut in 1965 and is now considered to be the country's leading contemporary author. His work has consistently won critical acclaim and numerous Norwegian literary prizes. His first novel to be translated into English, Shyness and Dignity, was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2006.

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A superb, subtle and unsettling existential novel. March 8 2012
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Dag Solstad is perhaps the finest contemporary Norwegian writer, and this novel was awarded the Norwegian Critics' Prize for Literature in 1992. He is the only living Norwegian author to have received this award three times.

The main character, Bjørn Hansen, is a respected government official in a small Norwegian town, who has just turned 50 and has recently separated from his long time partner. Despite his material comforts, he is unsatisfied with his life, and how chance has affected both his life and his relationship with his 29 yr old son from a previous marriage, who comes to live with him while attending university. He invents a plan that will dramatically change his life, and enlists another man in the town to help him carry out this act.

This subtle existential novel is one that I'll be thinking about for a while, and I'm sure I'll revisit it in the near future. Highly recommended!

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