The Conqueror

Jan Kjærstad

Is it possible to change a life by telling it?

The story about TV star Jonas Wergeland’s extraordinary career continues. The seducer has now turned conqueror, and his story is told again, from a different angle, filling in holes and making new patterns become visible.

A university professor is commissioned to write the “definitive” Wergeland biography. He has collected extensive background material, but cannot bring himself to start writing. A woman seeks him out and over the course of seven days, she tells the wildly meandering story about Jonas – from his childhood, filled with magical sensuousness, through to an adulthood marked by the eroticist’s tragic insights.

The Conqueror is the second book in the trilogy about Jonas Wergeland.

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  • Language Foreign publisher
  • American EnglishOpen Letter
  • American English, British EnglishArcadia
  • DanishRosinante
  • DutchDe Geus
  • FinnishWsoy
  • SpanishNórdica Libros
  • SwedishBokförlaget Atlas
  • TurkishOblomov Kitap

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Additional info

  • Erobreren
  • 1996
  • Aschehoug Forlag
  • Fiction, Novel
  • 535 pages