Winner of the Nordic Prize and long-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, Lars Saabye Christensen will read passages and discuss his novel The Half Brother in the Voice Box at Royal Festival Hall on 4 May.
The family saga is a clasically European form and Lars Saabye Christensen and Suzanne Brøgger are two of its leading exponents.
In The Half Brother two estranged brothers meet again 27 years on and their stories begin to unravel. The novel has sold over 300,000 in the author's native Norway, and foreign rights have been sold to 25 countries.
Danish author Suzanne Brøgger wil read from her novel The Jade Cat about the decline of an aristocratic family.
Mr Tonkin's Independent review of The Half Brother hailed a "total knockout of a novel from Norway which meshes pathos, humour, tragedy and social history with a punch that leaves the likes of Jonathan Franzen on the canvas. The high-octane
narrative sparkes like sunlit snow in Kenneth Steven's pacy, muscular translation".
RFH Voice Box
Royal Festival Hall
London SE1 8XX
Box Office: (0) 870 160 2520.