The new novel in English from one of Norway’s most celebrated writers.
T Singer confronts indomitable loneliness in Solstad’s classic, heartbreaking yet darkly comic style.
‘A kind of surrealistic writer… Serious literature’ Haruki Murakami
‘Mad, sad and funny… Thrilling’ Geoff Dyer
Singer, a thirty-four-year-old recently trained librarian, arrives by train in the small town of Notodden to begin a new and anonymous life. He falls in love with Merete, a ceramicist, and moves in with her and her young daughter. After a few years together, the relationship starts to falter, and as the couple is on the verge of separating a car accident prompts a dramatic change in Singer’s life…
‘An utterly hypnotic writer’ James Wood
‘Solstad is expert in delineating the absurdities of existence…’ Sunday Times
Winner of the Norwegian Critics Prize
"Solstad’s construction of reality is uniquely his own… mad, sad and funny… the behavioural possibilities of the novel are subtly and fundamentally enlarged."
"All of the whispers have been right: Solstad is a vital novelist."
"Solstad is expert in delineating the absurdities of existence… Solstad exposes us to ourselves."
"He’s a kind of surrealistic writer... I think that’s serious literature."
"His language sparkles with its new old-fashioned elegance."