T Singer

T Singer


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.
    Geoff Dyer, Observer

About the author

Dag Solstad

Dag Solstad is one of Norway’s leading and most celebrated contemporary writers. Solstad has won many Norwegian and international awards, most recently the Swedish Academy Nordic Prize in 2017, and is the only author to have won the Norwegian Critics Prize three times. All three of his novels already published in English – Shyness and Dignity, Novel 11, Book 18 and Professor Andersen's Night – have been listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
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