- 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
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #843,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Novel 11, Book 18 Hardcover – Dec 16 2008
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"He's a kind of surrealistic writer... I think that's serious literature" -- Haruki Murakami "An utterly hypnotic and utterly humane writer" -- James Wood New Yorker "Without question Norway's bravest, most intelligent novelist" -- Per Petterson "Bleak, funny, brilliantly observed" The Times "Unexpectedly moving...a wry, fantastic book" -- Books of The Year Irish Times
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com
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!