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Ellevte roman, bok atten (Paperback)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  163 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Bjørn Hansen has just turned fifty and is horrified by the thought that pure chance has ruled his life. Novel 11, Book 18 is an uncompromising and concentrated existential novel which earned Dag Solstad his second Norwegian Critics’ Prize.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published 1995 by Oktober (first published 1992)
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Sep 15, 2016 Ieva rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nuostabi autoriaus kalba ir puikus lietuviškas vertimas, tačiau man asmeniškai ši knyga kėlė neigiamas emocijas. Taip, tai buvo įdomus kūrinys apie visiškai neįdomų, paviršutinišką, pasroviui plaukiantį žmogų, kurio vienas nepaaiškinamas sprendimas ir sukuria visą kūrinio intrigą. Tik į klausimą - kodėl? - taip ir liko neatsakyta.
Blazes Boylan
Nov 25, 2011 Blazes Boylan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Certainly one of the strangest books I've come across in a while. There is little novelistic affect; Solstad reads as a version of Camus or Kafka taken to the point of absolute banality and set in Norway. Given the protagonist's struggles and disjointed life/story, the denouement becomes truly beautiful. Not a conventionally rewarding read, but certainly not a forgettable one at all.
Hannah Bull
Apr 24, 2015 Hannah Bull rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
verdt å merke seg at murakami ble forhørt om sine tre favorittforfattere, da han nevnte tre: cormac mccarthy, kazuo ishiguro og dag solstad. <3 haruki murakami har i anledning oversatt denne til japansk
Óscar Brox
Jan 03, 2015 Óscar Brox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A menudo pensamos en el sentido de la vida como si se tratase de un manual de instrucciones, pocas veces como algo que fabricamos con nuestras acciones. Quizá es que no nos fiamos demasiado de nuestros instintos o, ciertamente, necesitamos investir de relevancia cada decisión tomada. Y, sin embargo, cuánto nos cuesta aceptar que, a veces, las cosas, y la realidad que las envuelve, son simplemente insignificantes; que también hay un poco de belleza y verdad en los aspectos más banales de nuestras ...more
May 13, 2013 Lucy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like looooooong expositions.
Bjorn Hansen is a man with a fairly basic life. He wakes up, he works, he goes home, he sleeps. He lives alone, and happily so. Until he realises his doctor is a drug addict, and his son comes to visit.
Suddenly his life is going to change.

I was a bit confused by this book in it's early days. I didn't get what was going on, the characters made no sense and the plot was everywhere.

But then it clicked, about a hundred pages in.

The first hundred pages or so are pure exposition. We see who Bjorn Hans
Jim Coughenour
I'm ambivalent about this book. On one level it seems deliberately dull, its narration repetitive, pedestrian and completely lacking in humor. It seems to be written by and for someone mildly retarded.
This was the way they handled the food. Nothing special or sensational about it, in a situation where a father has a son who is a student living with him. It was natural to do it that way, natural that Bjørn Hansen bought cooked meats, milk, etc., and that he prepared double portions when he made d
Jun 18, 2010 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short, strange and enjoyable read. Like Ian McEwan this author has a good sense of internal dialogue and the imperfections of humanity. The book reads like a few short stories, and there are little twists that keep it interesting. I never really liked his characters but I think that is intentional; that this book is often about the toggle between tolerance and intolerance of other people. I am unfamiliar with Scandinavian literature but I enjoyed the slightly smug Scandinavian description of w ...more
Mar 20, 2016 Eliška rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Never pick a book just because it is short. This book has quite a few pages, but it took me four times more time to read it than a book with three times as many pages.
It was pain. Dag Solstad has a talent in making characters that you just hate. Even though the book is filled with their thoughts more than with some actual plot, you don't understand why the hell do they do what they do. In the end, the most lovable character to me was the main character's son, which was generally disliked for hi
Harald Nordbø
I det hele tatt en god roman, omtrent akkurat like underfundig som alle de andre han skrev på 90-tallet. Den slutter på et uventet sted, som de andre, tilsynelatende uten at historien har forløst seg helt (som de andre fra 90-tallet).
Oct 27, 2013 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I was warned that the whole book reads like a long digression, or I might have become a bit impatient with it in the beginning. But as it went on, I got used to the rather flat prose style, and (as intended, I'm sure) was lulled by it into thinking nothing was really going to happen.
A very satisfying book. I recommend it highly.
thoroughly enjoyed another dag solstad's book after "shyness and dignity". the end of the story bewildered me.
Feb 19, 2016 Erik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Min andre Solstad-bok, den første var T. Singer. Nivået er like høyt. Dette er veldig bra.
Mar 31, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
slightly odd pacing, but with sections of bleak intensity.
May 13, 2016 Estelle marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Dag Solstad is one of the most recognized Norwegian writers of our time. His debut was in 1956 with the short story collection "Spiraler" (Spirals). His first novel, "Irr! Grønt!", was published four years later. His books have been translated into 30 different languages.

He has won a number of awards, which include the Norwegian critics award three times and also being considered for the Independe
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