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T. Singer

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  298 ratings  ·  32 reviews
This first edition has several ISBNs. This page has the publisher's ISBN. The book club ISBN is 82-574-1300-3 / 978-82-574-1300-2.

Handlingen i T. Singer starter idet hovedpersonen som 34-årig, nyutdannet bibliotekar reiser med toget til Notodden for å begynne et nytt og anonymt liv som ansatt ved biblioteket der. På Notodden forelsker Singer seg i keramikeren Merete Sæthr
Hardcover, 235 pages
Published 1999 by Forlaget Oktober
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Jaguar Kitap
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dag Solstad çok değişik bir üsluba ve karakterlere sahip bir yazar.
İleride hakkında uzun uzun yazmayı umuyoruz. Bu kitabı 2019 yılında
yayınlarımız arasında olacak :)

Michael Ferro
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
T SINGER is an exercise in the quotidian—a marathon of the mundane—and yet, something propelled me through the reading. What I at first sensed was an unusually stark and monotonous level of prose, I slowly began to understand was, in actuality, Dag Solstad's unique gift. This well-translated Norwegian novel does take a number of pages to get used to, especially after consuming numerous modern American novels recently, but once you submerge yourself within Solstad's bleak world of plain language, ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mahcubiyet ve Haysiyet’ini büyük bir keyifle okuduğum Norveçli yazar Solstad’ın T Singer’ı biraz farklı, hemen içine girilmesi zor olsa da çarpıcı ve de yine güçlü bir edebiyat eseri. Sıradan ve silik denebilecek baş karakter Singer’in 30’lu yaşlarından 50’sine kadar olan yaşamı, daha doğrusu varoluşunu sorgulaması ana tema. Görünmez olmayı, dikkat çekmemeyi, sosyalleşmemeyi kendisine şiar edinmiş Singer bazen sizi isyan ettirebiliyor. İlginç yan temalar, hikayeler var. İskandinav edebiyatına ha ...more
Paul Fulcher
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Because it has to be admitted that at this point in the story it may seem mysterious that Singer could be the main character in any novel at all, regardless of quality, but here it can be divulged that it’s precisely this mysteriousness that is the topic of the novel, and attempts will be made to turn this into reality.

Dag Solstad's three novels that have previously been translated into English all featured in the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (now the Man Booker International). These were
Jim Elkins
Oct 19, 2018 added it
Shelves: norwegian
The idea of writing a book with a "black hole" for a central character

This book presents itself as an experiment: the principal character, Singer, doesn't have much character (he has less, for example, than "The Man Without Qualities"). He has little energy or daring, and he is easily mortified (Kafka's characters come to mind as comparisons). Several times in the book Solstad asks (in the authorial voice, as metafictional asides) why the book is centered on such a person; but those are rhetoric
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Near the end of this unconventional novel the author comments, “By the way, in every novel there is a big black hole which is universal in its blackness and now this novel has reached that point.” There is no further explanation, leaving the reader to puzzle over what Solstad had in mind. It seems to me that the “black hole” in this novel is the question of what motivates Singer, the chief character. As a rule, a reader likes to think he can determine what a character’s motivations are, but this ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: just-ok
This strangely-paced character study with no plot was an intense read because there are no chapter breaks but also boring. This book was written in close-third person so you can understand the anxieties of the human existence via Singer, the protagonist. It’s kinda like Knausgard in that the banalities of life stay in and are a key part of the book. The point becomes life is strange and boring. I liked it because it was different but it wasn’t my favorite by any means.
Justin Evans
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
An empty life, depicted with brutal clarity and humor... but also great sympathy. According to some, fiction is meant to be all about the intensity of one's inner life. Luckily for those of us with very little intensity in our inner lives, Solstad is here to let us know that we, too, deserve to be commemorated in fiction, even if we're incredibly boring and probably don't deserve anything much at all.
Maria les(k)e(d)rik(k)
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hva innebærer det å være snill, når vi til syvende (billion menneske på kloden) og sist er egoister? Forslag?
- Stille opp for andre
- Stå der som en standhaftig fjellrot og være din venn(er)s støtteapparat
- Ofre deg selv
- Utslette deg selv
Andre forslag?
- Være en gledesspreder
- Stå der som en standhaftig fjellrot slik at vennen(e) dine vet hvor de har deg
- Dele av deg selv
- Gi av deg selv

Its an interesting paradox and i know this guy, therefor very interesting paradox ;)

(boken er treig i starten)
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Knausgaard meets Lydia Davis, i.e. slow and neurotic.
Richard Cho
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A novel deals with in-depth character study, the protagonist whose passivity seems beyond extreme. Ennui under the burden of existence...

He is a public librarian in Norway.


The passive young man is and will always be a repellent sight, and it was just such a sight that Singer, with eyes wide open, sought to become. He didn't give a shit. He didn't give a shit about anything. He squandered his life by observing it, and all the while time passed and his yout
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I spent the first twenty pages trying to understand why anyone would want to write, much less read, a novel like T Singer. Having finished it, I'm not certain I know why Solstad set out to write a book like this, but I feel more enthusiastic about the reasons for reading it.

Singer is a man beset by anxiety, constantly reviewing his motivations and decisions. His chief ambition seems to be avoiding attention, and in pursuit of anonymity he takes a job as a librarian in small Notodden. For a time,
Jo Marvik
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Er Singer en typisk nordisk figur? En tilbakeholden mann ettertrykkelig formet av jantelovens bud. En mann som gjør ikke roper høyt. Å gå med røde bukser eller ta på seg tidsriktige briller ser han med mismot på og hans egen bursdag går ham hus forbi. Hans jobb som bibliotekar, hvor i den metaforiske kjelleren borte fra andre mennesker blant de eldste bøkene er hvor han trives som best. Singers anstendige karakter blir kraftig satt på prøve idet han blir etterlatt med et barn som ikke er hans. U ...more
Marte Olborg
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mitt første møte med Solstad var i 2006. Da lekte jeg raddis og leste «Gymnaslærer Pedersen» fordi det var kult. For å være ærlig så tror jeg ikke at jeg var moden nok for Solstad på den tiden - for jeg åpnet ingen bøker av han igjen før nå. 13 år senere.

Jeg vet ikke om det er fordi jeg har blitt eldre, men Marte (28) liker, imotsetning til Marte (15), Solstad.

Ja, det er litt slitsomt at hele boken er skrevet som en lang tekst uten kapitler eller tydelige avsnitt. Og ja, det er spesielt at set
Brooke Salaz
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's difficult to describe the ominous suspense I felt reading this tale where so little actually happens. Like the previous work of Solstad's I recently read we aren't sure if the main character is a peculiarly awful person or just so anti-social and incapable of forming natural relationships that he is not to be too harshly judged. His wife dies after they were already planning to break up and this secret eats away at what limited society he has previously engaged. Sad in it's portrayal of how ...more
Paolo Latini
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Negli ultimi anni si sono riaccesi i riflettori sulla narrativa norvegese, soprattutto grazie all’opera monumentale di Karl Ove Knausgård, ben difficile da ignorare. Ma lo scrittore che è alla base di molta letteratura norvegese, come ispiratore e come suo più eccelso autore in attività, è senz’altro Dag Solstad, più volte citato da Knausgård stesso su La mia lotta dove, tra le altre cose, si dice anche che il suo linguaggio “brilla grazie a una vecchia e
Branka Njegic
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dag Solstad is one of the greatest Norwegian writers. It's a shame that only three of his books have been translated into English.
T Singer is the book about ordinary life that lacks purpose, when examined in more details, reveals a life that is very different.
Whoever likes Knut Hamsun's Mysteries and Thomas Bernhard's Correction, will love this book.
The prose is simply divine, the translation superb.
As Solstad says about the book, an exception, which will never be repeated.
Cannot agree more.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The back of this book has blurbs from Karl Ove Knausgaard and Lydia Davis, which seems appropriate. It's the kind of careful, plodding, tedious-yet-mesmerizing account of day-to-day life that both of those authors excel at, featuring the kind of misanthropic, emotionally numb protagonist that Davis, especially, favors. There's more than a whiff of misogyny to the book, which really put me off, but it must be admitted that it's a compelling tale of a largely unlikable person.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: norway
Singer is a librarian, a (somewhat briefly) married man, a step-father, not briefly but somewhat accidentally, a man with only one friend, who he dismisses late in this book. Although Singer finishes library school, movies twice in this novel, eats, drinks - a little - goes to movies - very little happens in this book. Dag Solstad is a highly respected Norwegian writer, sometimes compared to Roth in the US, I found this book slow going, and actually rather boring.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This novel avoids plot as an exercise in authenticity and it WORKS. I struggled a ton with the first third of the book but now I want to reread it. He manages to get at some truths about the insignificance of individual lives and how to accept responsibility for that insignificance that make the the slog worth it. Solstad is such a talented writer that he show you all of the seams of his tapestry and you're completely charmed by it.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not you're usual book nearly gave up at beginning when author endlessly went on about Singer's embarrassment about errors he had made when interacting with people and also the tediousness of the opening sentence of a novel he never wrote. However once he gets to Notoddedn there is finally a story about a socially inept man. I found the lack of chapters or even paragraphs annoying and doubt I will read another of his
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I found the beginning virtually unreadable, going round and round discussing the same minor events in the narrator’s life. After 85 pages, the novel became much more interesting and better as it progressed. The mysterious existence of a man detached from life, with an existential question - isn’t it our life too to be subjected to events and random luck.
Brent Legault
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Solstad was a big deal in 2018. I'd read so much about his work that I just had to read it myself. Sigh. I thought I was above falling for such hype. There's nothing much to say about this novel, except the writer hails from the country that invented (and has become fascinated by) something called "slow tv" (i.e. watching a log burn or a boat sail down a river). Yeah, that's about right.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Vreselijk geschreven boek.
David Rice
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
An extremely understated yet highly engrossing Norwegian novel about a nondescript yet somehow riveting life.
Meryll Levine Page
Sep 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
I'm sorry that I spent time reading as far as I did (50%) and waiting for the book to engage me.
Yonis Gure
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Easily one of the strangest novels I've read in the last year or so.
Tony DuShane
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A somewhat frustrating read with so many utterly amazing passages, I was totally drawn into this novel.

I'm still not quite sure why Adam starting on page 37 essentially drops a monologue on Singer for almost 40 pages...was there something important because of the location and time period in that region in Norway?

I can't wait to read more of Dag Solstad's work.
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
apart geschreven. ik vond de stukken waar hij nadenkt over het schrijven en over de eenzaamheid van zijn stiefdochter mooi.
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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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“He couldn't manage to tear himself loose in order to "Look at her!" as she wanted. At the library he checked in books and checked out others as he stamped them. He cataloged new books, inspected old ones, and took a keen interest in the new computer system, in which everything was to be entered, and which heralded a new era and completely new routines. But he could not "Look at her!" Why not? Because he regarded it as an impossible demand and assumed she knew this. When she shouted like that, she was shouting for an obligatory action on his part, and when he therefore turned toward her, she knew that she was seeing a Singer who was looking at her in an obligatory way and that is noninvasive amiability was a plea to be understood in a different manner. But if she didn't want to understand and be understood, in this different manner, there was little he could do, and that too she knew, or so he assumed, in a glass like way, which combined with other glass-like ways of relating to life, in this distant attitude of his, which was his way of living and withstanding that which he, perhaps all alone in the world, experienced as unbearable.” 0 likes
“He wanted his birthday to disappear, dissolve in water and sink to the bottom. A day like all the others. That's how he felt about it, wanting to maneuver that day into silence, and outside of time, time lived and gone for good, so that eventually not even a scratch on his skin would remind him of the day when it occurred, or of that time; that's what gave Singer a great sense of satisfaction. Then he felt that he was once again in sync with himself and could breathe a sigh of relief while, without thinking about it, he endured yet another day in his life without noting that forty-seven years had now passed since his birth. Such is Singer's life, it proceeded without any need to mark its passage, thought Singer, moving with his own unique rhythm, yet not totally without self-awareness, in spite of everything. To be yanked out of the automechanism of life in order to celebrate his birthday as a boisterous reminder was something that broke with what Singer regarded as his essential nature.” 0 likes
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