The narrator in this novel is a librarian who has kept a diary for 22 years. He is also a writer of obscure novellas, but not a particularly successful one. One day he decides to fine-tune the most poetic parts of his diaries and make them into a small work of prose. But his editor wants something else: why not publish all his diaries, unedited and uncensored? The narrator's ex-partners, ex-girlfriends, colleagues, friends, relatives and neighbours are all exposed in the worst possible light in the diaries. These notes are not written to exude literary quality either. But the editor is persistent: literary quality no longer plays a part, all that matters is the ability to make waves in the media. And this is a work of over 13,000 pages, the biggest publication in Norwegian literary history.
Dagbøkene 1996–2018 examines the essence of human writing and what happens when what is secret and private becomes part of the literary public.
The novel is also satire of the publishing industry in 2018: the library service, publishers, booksellers, cultural politicians, authors and readers. It establishes a dialogue with dystopian works by Ray Bradbury and George Orwell, and can be read as a standalone continuation of the critically acclaimed Mitt liv var et hett bibliotek.
Kristian Klausen (1971–) has been a freelance writer and art instructor and currently works as an environmental therapist with a psychiatric hospice. He made his literary début in 2008 with his critically acclaimed short story collection Måltidet i Emmaus.