Novel 11, Book 18 (2020)

Novel 11, Book 18 Dag Solstad Novel Book Bj rn Hansen a respectable town treasurer has just turned fifty and is horrified by the thought that chance has ruled his life Eighteen years ago he left his wife and their two year old son for his
  • Title: Novel 11, Book 18
  • Author: Dag Solstad
  • ISBN: 9781843432111
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Hardcover
Novel 11, Book 18 Dag Solstad Bj rn Hansen, a respectable town treasurer, has just turned fifty and is horrified by the thought that chance has ruled his life Eighteen years ago he left his wife and their two year old son for his mistress, who persuaded him to start afresh in a small, provincial town and to dabble in amateur dramatics In time that relationship also faded, and after four years of liviBj rn Hansen, a respectable town treasurer, has just turned fifty and is horrified by the thought that chance has ruled his life Eighteen years ago he left his wife and their two year old son for his mistress, who persuaded him to start afresh in a small, provincial town and to dabble in amateur dramatics In time that relationship also faded, and after four years of living alone Bj rn contemplates an extraordinary course of action that will change his life for ever.He finds a fellow conspirator in Dr Schi tz, who has a secret of his own and offers to help Bj rn carry his preposterous and dangerous plan through to its logical conclusion However, the sudden reappearance of his son both fills Bj rn with new hope and complicates matters The desire to gamble with his comfortable existence proves irresistible, however, taking him to Vilnius in Lithuania, where very soon he cannot tell whether he s tangled up in a game or reality.Novel 11, Book 18, for which Dag Solstad received the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature, is an uncompromising and concentrated existential novel that accommodates all of the author s fundamental themes.
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  1. Jim Coughenour

    I m ambivalent about this book On one level it seems deliberately dull, its narration repetitive, pedestrian and completely lacking in humor It seems to be written by and for someone mildly retarded.This was the way they handled the food Nothing special or sensational about it, in a situation where a father has a son who is a student living with him It was natural to do it that way, natural that Bj rn Hansen bought cooked meats, milk, etc and that he prepared double portions when he made dinner, [...]

  2. Lucy

    Bjorn Hansen is a man with a fairly basic life He wakes up, he works, he goes home, he sleeps He lives alone, and happily so Until he realises his doctor is a drug addict, and his son comes to visit.Suddenly his life is going to change.I was a bit confused by this book in it s early days I didn t get what was going on, the characters made no sense and the plot was everywhere.But then it clicked, about a hundred pages in.The first hundred pages or so are pure exposition We see who Bjorn Hansen us [...]

  3. Alatea

    Nuostabi autoriaus kalba ir puikus lietuvi kas vertimas, ta iau man asmeni kai i knyga k l neigiamas emocijas Taip, tai buvo domus k rinys apie visi kai ne dom , pavir utini k , pasroviui plaukiant mog , kurio vienas nepaai kinamas sprendimas ir sukuria vis k rinio intrig Tik klausim kod l taip ir liko neatsakyta.

  4. Andy Weston

    This is the story of a lonely middle aged man, a bank manager with two failed marriages, trapped in a mundane existence It seems a familiar tale, a mid life crisis, an affect of age creeping up, and in the case of Bjorn Hansen living in his small Norwegian town, his career his gone as far as it can go His 20 year old son comes to live with him while he does a University term nearby, but they discover the only thing they have in common is their lonely lives The slow pace of the book suits Hansen [...]

  5. Govnyo

    A or less random weekend read, I saw this advertised in the Guardian and thought why not The book traces a man whose life is very dull, he jumps between women and jobs and persons and eventually get depressed, the book only gets good once he acknowledges this fact and tries to do something about it So unfortunately the first half is not very interesting The writing is also a bit bland, and the characters are not particularly credible By way of compensation, we get a lot of existentialism and a [...]

  6. Alison

    A short, strange and enjoyable read Like Ian McEwan this author has a good sense of internal dialogue and the imperfections of humanity The book reads like a few short stories, and there are little twists that keep it interesting I never really liked his characters but I think that is intentional that this book is often about the toggle between tolerance and intolerance of other people I am unfamiliar with Scandinavian literature but I enjoyed the slightly smug Scandinavian description of well p [...]

  7. Blazes Boylan

    Certainly one of the strangest books I ve come across in a while There is little novelistic affect Solstad reads as a version of Camus or Kafka taken to the point of absolute banality and set in Norway Given the protagonist s struggles and disjointed life story, the denouement becomes truly beautiful Not a conventionally rewarding read, but certainly not a forgettable one at all.

  8. Greta

    Buttandomi su questo romanzo, ho fatto una cosa che non facevo pi da anni sono entrata in biblioteca, ho visto una copertina che ha attirato la mia attenzione, ho letto un titolo interessante e mi sono portata a casa il libro Non ho nemmeno letto la quarta di copertina, n prima di prenderlo in prestito, n una volta arrivata a casa, prima di cominciare a leggere E stato un po un azzardo, ma, dopo tanti anni di wishlist, TBR, libri scelti con cura passando al vaglio delle recensioni di persone di [...]

  9. Feinmann

    Testo avvolgente, quasi ipnotico In compagnia di Bj rn Hansen, esattore comunale, eroe romantico in navigazione attorno all abisso Spiazzante, grottesco, irrimediabilmente umano.

  10. Elena Costa

    Grande scrittore, da non perdere.La decisione finale drammatica, forse solo un anima nordica come lui ci poteva arrivare.

  11. Óscar Brox

    A menudo pensamos en el sentido de la vida como si se tratase de un manual de instrucciones, pocas veces como algo que fabricamos con nuestras acciones Quiz es que no nos fiamos demasiado de nuestros instintos o, ciertamente, necesitamos investir de relevancia cada decisi n tomada Y, sin embargo, cu nto nos cuesta aceptar que, a veces, las cosas, y la realidad que las envuelve, son simplemente insignificantes que tambi n hay un poco de belleza y verdad en los aspectos m s banales de nuestras cos [...]

  12. Books and Me Anyway

    Leggere questo libro stata una vera e propria Esperienza per me Piena di assurdit , verit , scomodit Un viaggio in una piccola parte del genere Umano direi Interessante lo stile di scrittura il formato stesso del libro mi sembrato adatto al contenuto il modo magistrale di usare le parole per mostrare con una fluidit complicata una vita Consigliato S , ma non a tutti.

  13. Eliška

    Never pick a book just because it is short This book has quite a few pages, but it took me four times time to read it than a book with three times as many pages It was pain Dag Solstad has a talent in making characters that you just hate Even though the book is filled with their thoughts than with some actual plot, you don t understand why the hell do they do what they do In the end, the most lovable character to me was the main character s son, which was generally disliked for his character e [...]

  14. Trish

    I m glad I was warned that the whole book reads like a long digression, or I might have become a bit impatient with it in the beginning But as it went on, I got used to the rather flat prose style, and as intended, I m sure was lulled by it into thinking nothing was really going to happen.A very satisfying book I recommend it highly.

  15. Harald Nordbø

    I det hele tatt en god roman, omtrent akkurat like underfundig som alle de andre han skrev p 90 tallet Den slutter p et uventet sted, som de andre, tilsynelatende uten at historien har forl st seg helt som de andre fra 90 tallet.

  16. Ludmirska

    thoroughly enjoyed another dag solstad s book after shyness and dignity the end of the story bewildered me.

  17. Jon Vegard

    Tja, veit ikkje heilt kva eg skal seie P omslaget st r det at boka famnar om alle Solstads grunntema, men eg skj nte ikkje kva dei var.

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