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First book in Norwegian trilogy hits the UK

 Date:15/11/2005
 Type:Culture, Literature
 Location:Nationwide

Acclaimed Norwegian author Jan Kjærstad looks set to seduce British readers with his international bestseller 'The Seducer', the first in a trilogy.

This post-modernist Norwegian novel, winner of Scandinavia’s top literary award, the Nordic Prize, and translated by Barbara J. Haveland, is said to have its readers on the edge of their seat, as Jan Kjærstad weaves his magic wand.

Reviews of the book include:

‘An enormously accomplished novel by one of Scandinavia’s outstanding contemporary writers.  Barbara J. Haveland and Arcadia Books have performed a great service by giving us Kjærstad in English at last’
– Paul Auster

‘One of the most influential writers of his generation. Say his name, and I think of Milan Kundera, Martin Amis and Frank Zappa. The Seducer is a playful book’
– Linn Ullmann

‘An irresistible playful romp, by turns mischievous, manipulative, intellectual and bluntly sensual . . . hugely satisfying’
– Ali Smith, Books of the Year, TLS

‘The Seducer reads like a fast-flowing elegant conversation. It succeeds at being a great work of fiction and a terrific read.  Jan Kjærstad is a Viking of literature’
– Anna Paterson, Independent

Jan Kjærstad was born in Oslo in 1953 and is one of Norway’s most acclaimed writers. His trilogy 'The Seducer', 'The Conqueror' and 'The Discoverer' has achieved huge international success.  He is also the winner of the Nordic Prize for Literature, the Norwegian Literary Critics’ Prize and the Aschehoug Prize. Arcadia will publish 'The Conqueror' next autumn.



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