Beatlemania revisited

 Type:Culture, Literature

Lars Saabye Christensen’s book ‘Beatles’ will be released in the UK this July. The book has finally been translated into English, some 25 years after it was first published in Norway.

‘Beatles’ was first published in Norway in 1984 and was Christensen’s definitive breakthrough and earned him the Cappelen award that year. The book has since been named by Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet in 2006 as one of the 25 most influential novels of the past 25 years. The book follows Kim Karlsen and his three friends through their teenage years in Oslo. The story starts with the first wave of Beatlemania in Norway, in the spring of 1965.  Each chapter takes a different Beatles song (or, near the end, post-Beatles solo songs) as its title and theme – and all the way through the winter of 1972. The book is filled with popular cultural references and the sort of minor adventures that are part of growing up.

A number of Saabye Christensen’s books have previously been translated into English and both ‘Herman’ and ‘The Half Brother’ have been praised by UK critics and press. The Guardian described ‘The Half Brother’ as ‘work of absolutely international importance’, while The Times declared it as ‘the book of the year as far as the pleasure principle is concerned’.

Lars Saabye Christensen is Norway’s leading contemporary writer. He is the author of 12 novels as well as short stories and poetry. His international best-selling novel ‘The Half Brother’ has been published in nearly 30 countries. It won the Nordic Prize for Literature as well as the Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize and was chosen as one of the 25 notable titles of 2004 by the American Library Association. ‘Herman’ was shortlisted for the 2006 YoungMinds Award, and ‘The Model’ was shortlisted for the 2008 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

‘Beatles’ will be released in the UK on 23 July and is published by Arcadia Books.

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'Beatles' was first published in 1984 and was Lars Saabye Christensen's definitve breaktrough.

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