Novel 17

Dag Solstad

Bjørn Hansen, main character from Novel 11, Book 18, makes an unexpected – and reluctant –return in Dag Solstad’s new novel.

The previous book ended with Hansen orchestrating his Great Existential NO, by faking an accident and seeking refuge in a wheelchair. Alas, the satisfaction of carrying through this hoax, has proved shortlived. After an embarrassing exposure, he ends up in jail for insurance fraud. Having cut off contact with everybody from his past, he goes on to lead a quiet and lonely life after his release. The years pass until one day a letter from his estranged son arrives, revealing that Bjørn Hansen has been a grandfather for 9 years.

Soon after Hansen decides to pay his son’s family a visit. As he sets out in his journey, he is vaguely optimistic. Will the meeting with his grandson bring about a reconciliation with life?

Marking a return to the themes and style of his 90s novels, NOVEL 17 is another brilliant and deeply disturbing work from Dag Solstad.

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  • DanishRosinante
  • EstonianLoomingu Raamatukogu
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  • 17. roman
  • 2009
  • Forlaget Oktober
  • Fiction, Novel
  • 144 pages