Dag Solstad: Tom Sandberg

Dag Solstad

Dag Solstad (b. 1941) has written nearly thirty books, including Professor Andersen’s Night and Novel 11, Book 18 (forthcoming from New Directions). Admired worldwide by writers as diverse as Peter Handke and Karl Ove Knausgaard, Solstad has won the 2006 Brage Prize, the 1989 Nordic Council’s Prize for Literature, and the Norwegian Critics’ Prize in 1969, 1992, and 1999.

Professor Andersen's Night

Fiction by Dag Solstad

Translated by Agnes Scott Langeland

In this existential murder mystery, it is Christmas Eve, and fifty-five-year-old professor Pål Andersen is alone, drinking coffee and cognac in his living room. Lost in thought, he looks out of the window and sees a man strangle a woman in the apartment across the street. Failing to report the murder, he becomes paralyzed by indecision. Professor Andersen’s Night is an unsettling yet highly entertaining novel, written in Dag Solstad’s signature concise, dark, and witty prose.…
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T Singer

Fiction by Dag Solstad

Translated by Tiina Nunnally

T Singer begins with thirty-four-year-old Singer graduating from library school and traveling by train from Oslo to the small town of Notodden, located in the mountainous Telemark region of Norway. There he plans to begin a deliberately anonymous life as a librarian. But Singer unexpectedly falls in love with the ceramicist Merete Saethre, who has a young daughter from a previous relationship. After a few years together, the couple is on the verge of separating, when a car accident prompts a dramatic change in Singer’s life.…
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Armand V

Fiction by Dag Solstad

Translated by Steven T. Murray

Armand is a diplomat rising through the ranks of the Norwegian foreign office, but he’s caught between his public duty to support foreign wars in the Middle East and his private disdain for Western intervention. He hides behind knowing, ironic statements, which no one grasps and which change nothing. Armand’s son joins the Norwegian SAS to fight in the Middle East, despite being specifically warned against such a move by his father, and this leads to catastrophic, heartbreaking consequences.…
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He is an ironist, a comedian, and an experimenter…Solstad has continually broken the available forms, trying out and combining new approaches—conventional and postmodernist, realist and formalist.

—James Wood, The New Yorker

All of the whispers have been right: Solstad is a vital novelist.

—Charles Finch, New York Times Book Review

I find him an utterly hypnotic and utterly humane writer.

—James Wood, The New Yorker

His language sparkles with its new old-fashioned elegance and radiates a unique luster, inimitable and full of elan.

—Karl Ove Knausgaard

With sublime restraint and subtle modulation, Solstad conveys an entire age of sorrow and loss.

Publishers Weekly

Full of dryly comic, densely existential despair.

The Times Literary Supplement

Death occupies the space between each of the footnotes that make up the corpus of Armand V, but what Solstad ultimately celebrates in it is the freedom of the novelist, and of the novel form, even as the soon-to-be-curtailed lives of his aging protagonists deny freedom’s very existence. It is a grand negation.

The Times Literary Supplement

The Solstadian long sentence feeds back into itself, meandering with the aimless inevitability of a river heading towards the sea.

The Guardian

His strangely shaped, peculiarly textured worlds have very much to say to us about the truth of this reality we inhabit.

Literary Hub

A story at once traditional and postmodern.

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