'The Model' shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

Following the success of his last two novels in English ‘The Half Brother’ and ‘Herman’, one of Norway’s most celebrated authors, Lars Saabye Christensen, published his novel ‘The Model’ in the UK in 2007. The novel has now been shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

The painter Peter Wih is about to turn 50 and open a major new exhibition. The gallery owner warns him: ‘To be honest, you can’t afford to repeat yourself anymore. Evil tongues say that if you’re going to paint more body parts, you’ll soon have to start with the internal organs.’ Peter is married to Helene, a set designer who is working on a production of Ibsen’s ‘The Wild Duck’. They have a six-year old daughter, Kaia. As he prepares for the exhibition, he realises that he is starting to lose his sight. Peter enters into a pact with the devil, in the shape of an old school friend, posing the question: how far is Peter willing to go in order to create his art?

Saabye Christensen’s acclaimed novel ‘The Half Brother’ has sold more copies than Jostein Gaarder’s ‘Sophie’s World’ in the authors’ native Norway, and been published in 25 countries, shortlisted for the 2005 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, longlisted for the 2004 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and was chosen as 1 of 25 Notable Books of 2004 by the American Library Association. Saabye Christensen was the winner of the 2002 Nordic Prize for Literature and the 2001 Norwegian Booksellers Prize. His novel ‘Herman’ was shortlisted for the YoungMinds Book Award 2006. Saabye Christensen is Norway’s leading contemporary writer.  He is the author of 12 novels as well as short stories and poetry.

The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, supported by Arts Council England, is an award given by the newspaper to honour fiction translated in the UK. ‘The Model’ is one of six novels on the shortlist for this year's prize. The other writers on the shortlist are Pawel Huelle from Poland, Daniel Kehlmann from Austria (and now Germany), Marlene van Niekerk from South Africa, Bengt Ohlsson from Sweden and Paul Verhaeghen from Belgium (and now the US). The prize will be given in early May.

'The Model' is published in the UK by Arcadia Books and is priced £11.99.

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'The Model' by Lars Saabye Christensen is published in the UK by Arcadia Books

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