The Insoluble Epic Element in Telemark in the Years 1592–1896

Dag Solstad

Read slowly, one word at a time, if you want to understand what I am saying. I do have to start by saying this, because what is said here cannot be said in any other way.

Thus opens Dag Solstad’s novel, which follows Solstad’s family on his mother’s side, and the farms that family was connected to for close to 300 years. Solstad observes that most of the experiences of the past lie buried in the obscurity of history, and are not accessible to us, but he resists the temptation to embellish his material. In this way the novel investigates the boundaries of what we can recover. Nevertheless, the lives of the past rise up with brilliant clarity and power.

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  • Det uoppløselige episke element i Telemark i perioden 1592–1896
  • 2013
  • Forlaget Oktober
  • Fiction, Novel
  • 432 pages