A master of Norwegian literature critiques contemporary society with wry wit in an existential murder story
It is Christmas Eve, and 55-year-old Professor 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. Professor Andersen fails to report the crime. The days pass, and he becomes paralyzed by indecision. Desperate for respite, the professor sets off to a local sushi bar, only to find himself face to face with the murderer. This is an unsettling yet highly entertaining novel of apathy, rebellion, and morality. In flinty prose, Solstad presents an uncomfortable question—would we, like his cerebral protagonist, do nothing?
|Publisher:||Random House UK|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Dag Solstad (b. 1941) has written nearly thirty books, including Armand V and T Singer (both available from New Directions). Admired worldwide by writers as diverse as Lydia Davis, Geoff Dyer, and Peter Handke, Solstad has won the 2006 Brage Prize, the 1989 Nordic Council’s Prize for Literature, and the Norwegian Critic’s Prize in 1969, 1992, and 1999.
Agnes Scott Langeland was born in Scotland and moved to Norway in 1971. Previous translations include poems by Rune Christiansen in The Edinburgh Review and Petter Mejlænder's book Pushwagner (Magikon, 2008).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am pretty sure a lot of people would call this 'boring'. True that one might say that not a lot happens. And I was tempted at points not to finish it, but something about Professor Andersson's life and dilemma that got hold of me after all. And I'm still thinking about it...