Shyness and Dignity

Dag Solstad

Named best Norwegian novel of the 1990s in a Book club vote
Named best Norwegian fiction work the past 25 years in a prestigious 2006 vote in Dagbladet
Shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2007
Named one of the four best books published in Spanish by the Spanish daily El Publico in 2007
Nominated for the French Femina Prize 2008

The story about Elias Rukla’s life, his university years, his friendship to Johan Corneliussen and his marriage to the ineffably beautiful Eva Linde, also contains a critical description of features of the social development that has taken place over the past decades. The despair that Elias Rukla needs to express, finds no listeners in a society where conversation has ceased to exist.

Shyness and Dignity was the book that gave Dag Solstad his international breakthrough. It is still his most widely translated work.

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Additional info

  • Genanse og verdighet
  • 1994
  • Forlaget Oktober
  • Fiction, Novel
  • 152 pages