Matias Faldbakken

The Waiter
  • The Waiter

  • 'Delicious' New York Times

    'As if The Remains of the Day had been written by Kingsley Amis . . . brilliantly exquisite . . . This book is a meal you won’t want to finish.' J. Ryan Stradal

    'A sly amuse bouche of a novel . . . its atmosphere and observations are deliciously rich.' Mail on Sunday

    Welcome to The Hills, Oslo’s most esteemed restaurant, an institution stewed in tradition and clinging to the faded grandeur of old Europe.

    A neurotic waiter tends to the desires of his regular – and irregular – clientele. Aristocrats and artistes, wealthy widows and roguish entrepreneurs, he observes all their dramas with a wit as sharp as a filleting knife.

    At table ten sits the impeccable Mr Graham, the most demanding of them all, impatiently awaiting a special guest. When at last she arrives – young, beautiful, mysterious – she will prove a challenging new flavour, throwing into disarray our waiter’s nerves, and the delicately balanced ingredients of the room.

    Exquisitely observed and wickedly playful, The Waiter is a novel for lovers of food, wine, and of European sensibilities, but also for anyone who spends time in restaurants, on either side of the service.

Acclaimed Norwegian artist Matias Faldbakken (b. 1973), unanimously hailed as one of the freshest new voices to emerge in Norwegian literature in the past decade, is the author of the critically acclaimed, award-winning Scandinavian Misanthropy trilogy. The Waiter is his latest novel, and the first to be published in English.