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'Herman' to charm the UK

 Date:10/10/2005
 Type:Culture, Literature
 Location:Nationwide

Bestselling author Lars Saabye Christensen publishes his successful novel 'Herman' in the UK.

The novel, translated from Norwegian by Steven Michael Nordby, tells the story of 11-year-old Herman who is not that different from other boys – except that he’s going bald. Presented with this dilemma, Herman uses his fertile imagination and a comical viewpoint on life to navigate through the rough seas commonly known as growing up and in the process teaches everyone something about friendship, courage, acceptance – and love. The books main message is that sometimes, in the smallest of boys, there beats the biggest of hearts

Saabye Christensen was the winner of the 2001 Norwegian Booksellers Prize and the 2002 Nordic Prize for Literature. He has also been longlisted for the 2004 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, his novel 'The Half-brother' was listed as '1 of 25 Notable Books 2004' by the American Library Association and also shortlisted for the 2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

'Herman' follows the success of his international bestseller 'The Half Brother', which has sold more copies than Jostein Gaarder’s Sophie’s World in the authors’ native Norway, and which has been published in nearly 30 countries. Lars Saabye Christensen is Norway’s leading contemporary writer.  He is the author of 12 novels as well as short stories and poetry. 

'Herman' is published on 10 October by Arcadia.



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Lars Saabye ChristensenPhoto: Siv-Elin Nærø