Solstad’s unusual, entertaining novel of restrained humor follows its protagonist, T Singer, over a lifetime of nonengagement….The novel brilliantly shows the humor and pain of obsessiveness, and the anxious, analytic Singer emerges as an enduring creation.

Publishers Weekly

Available May 29, 2018

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.

The narrator of the novel specifically states that this is not a happy story, yet, as in all of Dag Solstad’s works, the prose is marked by an unforgettable combination of humor and darkness. Overall, T Singer marks a departure more explicitly existential than any of Solstad’s previous works.

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Paperback w/ flaps (published May 29, 2018)

ISBN
9780811225960
Trim Size
5x8"
Page Count
176pp

Ebook (published May 20, 2018)

ISBN
9780811225960

Dag Solstad

Norwegian writer

Solstad’s unusual, entertaining novel of restrained humor follows its protagonist, T Singer, over a lifetime of nonengagement….The novel brilliantly shows the humor and pain of obsessiveness, and the anxious, analytic Singer emerges as an enduring creation.

Publishers Weekly

A story at once traditional and postmodern.

Kirkus

Solstad has a revered role in Norway as the chronicler of his country’s changing times.

The Independent

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

Publishers Weekly

I find him an utterly hypnotic and utterly humane writer.

—James Wood, The New Yorker