A bourgeois man scavenges for meaning in the sly and emotionally rich latest from Solstad.
Publishers Weekly

A brilliant novel by the Norwegian master Dag Solstad

Novel 11, Book 18

Fiction by Dag Solstad

Translated from the Norwegian by Sverre Lyngstad

Bjørn Hansen, a respectable town treasurer, has just turned fifty and is horrified by the thought that chance has ruled his life. Eighteen years ago he left his wife and their two-year-old son for his mistress, who persuaded him to start afresh in a small, provincial town and to devote himself to an amateur theater. In time that relationship also faded, and after four years of living alone Bjørn contemplates an extraordinary course of action that will change his life forever.

He finds a fellow conspirator in Dr. Schiøtz, who has a secret of his own and offers to help Bjørn carry his preposterous plan through to its logical conclusion. But the sudden reappearance of his son both fills Bjørn with new hope and complicates matters. The desire to gamble with his comfortable existence proves irresistible, however, taking him to Vilnius in Lithuania, where very soon he cannot tell whether he’s tangled up in a game or reality.

Dag Solstad won the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature for Novel 11, Book 18, a concentrated uncompromising existential novel that puts on full display the author’s remarkable gifts and wit.

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9780811228268
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Page Count
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Dag Solstad

Norwegian writer

A bourgeois man scavenges for meaning in the sly and emotionally rich latest from Solstad.
Publishers Weekly
There is much comedy and real subtlety, both intellectual and human, in Solstad’s droll originality.
—James Wood, The New Yorker
Norway’s bravest, most intelligent novelist.
—Per Petterson
Solstad’s 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