This is the story about four Beatles-crazed Oslo-boys born in the year of 1951. We follow them from they as seventh graders are standing on the verge of taking the leap into adulthood - “We took the Future in advance, and it looked damned good”. The story ends in the fall of 1972, as the swells of the youth protests of Europe is flooding them and their protected bourgeois environment, no feet left dry.
BEATLES was first published in 1984, and is among the greatest sales successes in modern Norwegian Publishing. The novel was Lars Saabye Christensens great break through as a writer, and it is read by generation after generation.
Beatles is the first book in a trilogy, followed by Lead (1990) and The Funeral (2008). Readers of Dagbladet named the book Best Norwegian Novel of the last 25 years in 2006.
"An exquisitely told story. It can be read right through, tasting of an entire summer and half a childhood."
"A celebration of love and friendship, and with acceptance for the great loneliness of the soul. Beatles is literary Blues. Read it. Hum, sigh, laugh. Enjoy!"
"His details are superb. In short scenes or hastily passing lines, he captures the atmosphere exactly."
"Christensen really can play with styles, rapidly changing voices – he glides from melancholia to darkness and grotesque, then puts us right in the middle of a chaotic stream of consciousness. He can disarm raw seriousness with subtle humor."
GAZETA WYBORCZA, Poland
"Lars Saabye Christensen, the author of the cult Halvbroren, proved already with his debut Beatles that he is a master of prose."
HARPERS BAZAAR POLSKA, Poland
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