THE BIG FIVE (Innbundet)

Author:

Erlend Loe

Norwegian title: Dyrene i Afrika
Author:
Binding: Innbundet
Year: 2018
Pages: 336
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
ISBN/EAN: 9788202598891
Overview Dyrene i Afrika
Five individuals – a dentist, a biologist, a film editor, an author and a police detective – feel attractions and inclinations without knowing where these come from. They undergo a process of radicalisation and eventually realise that if the world is to survive, someone needs to make a stand. Big Five is a story about powerlessness, activism, non-conformance and unbridled passion.

Erlend Loe excels throughout the novel with his laconic and good-humored storytelling. He parodies modern therapeutic and organizational language in a superb way.
VG

Erlend Loe knows what he is making fun of. The swinging between the crazy and the serious, between wise thoughts about conservation and Africa tourism of the quant sort, leopard fetishism on the ferry to Denmark, sodomy on Kenyan soil, a guitar playing wife, a husband that turns gay, the loss of an arm, a leg, a life – it is all there in the “Loeian” Circus of seriousness and nonsense.
STAVANGER AFTENBLAD – FIVE OUT OF SIX STARS

A splendid satire over misguided idealism and everyday life in the society of today. Erlend Loe is something as rare as a genuine humourist. Like all comical talents of this level, he builds his slapstick on a foundation of serious engagement. In his surrealist ingenuity he sprinkles thought provoking points all around.
DAGBLADET – FIVE STARS OUT OF SIX

I have not laughed as much through three hundred pages - since the last book by Erlend Loe!
ADRESSEAVISA – FIVE OUT OF SIX STARS

In this book Loe shares exquisite humour, elegant irony and situation comedy, as well as an oblique glance at phenomenons of our time. It is great entertainment; intelligent and subtle humour the way that only Loe knows how to write. I think this book will be one of this years most notable books, when time comes to sum it all up at the end of the year.
DAG OG TID

Erlend Loes new novel, The Big Five, might have hit a debate that is too painful for us to want to talk about it. The book is characterized by Loes wry observation and language skills, and is very funny.
DAGENS NÆRINGSLIV

Don´t F**K with Nature!
Loe´s humour and original way to look at human characteristics are very much present in this novel.
NRK

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Reviews from Dyrene i Afrika

Bisart om sex med dyr 23.10.2018

«[...] Erlend Loe vet hva han tuller med. Pendlingen mellom det sprøe og det seriøse, mellom kloke naturverntanker og afrikaturisme av det aparte slaget, leopardfetisjisme på danskebåten, sodomi på kenyansk jord, en gitarspillende kone, en ektemann som blir homo, tapet av en arm, et bein, et liv - alt hører med i det loeske sirkuset av alvor og skjemt.»
 
Steinar Sivertsen, Stavanger Aftenbald
«(...) en glimrende satire over skakkjørt idealisme og dagliglivet i dagens samfunn. (...) Erlend Loe er noe så sjeldent som en genuin humorist. Som alle komiske talenter av klasse bygger han sin slapstick på et seriøst engasjement. I all sin surrealistiske oppfinnsomhet strør han omkring seg med tankevekkende poenger.»
 
Fredrik Wandrup, Dagbladet

Herlig humørpille mot gravalvor 20.09.2018

«Jeg har ikke ledd så mye i løpet av tre hundre sider, siden den forrige boken til Loe!»
 
Stein Roll, Adresseavisen

Sextur på savannen 19.09.2018

«Erlen Loe eksellerer gjennom hele boken med sin både lakoniske og godlynte humor. Han parodierer moderne terapi- og organisasjonsspråk på det aller mest suverene, han viser oss hulheten i alle frasene vi kler våre virkelige intensjoner inn i, og han sørger for å ivareta den nødvendige dosen absurdisme.

Erlend Loe har en lekende fantasi og et språklig overskudd som gir ham en helt egen plass i den norske bokheimen.»
 
Sindre Hovdenakk, VG

Thorbjørn Egner for vaksne 12.10.2018

«Her slår Loe om seg med utsøkt humor og elegant ironi, situasjonskomikk og eit skrått blikk på ulike tidsfenomen [...] topp underhaldning, intelligent og subtil humor slik berre Erlend Loe kan turnere det, og eg innbiller meg at denne romanen vil bli ei av årets bøkernår det blir oppsummert før jul.»Oddmund Hagen, Dag og Tid
«Erlend Loes nye roman, Dyrene i Afrika, kan ha truffet en debatt som er for vond til at vi ønsker å snakke om det. (...) Boken preges blant annet av Loes skjeve observasjonsevne og språklige teft, og er riktig morsom.»Bjørn Gabrielsen, Dagens Næringsliv
«Karakterene til Loe er som sedvanlig lekent skildret, med selvbedrag, pinlige tanker og brister i personligheten. Han tar våre sosiale spill på kornet, hvordan vi pynter på virkeligheten, for å framstå bedre for oss selv og andre, og hvordan vi rasjonaliserer bort både humanisme og verdighet.»Torborg Igland, Fædrelandsvennen

Ikkje føkk med naturen 20.09.2018

«[...] Loes humor og blikk for menneskelege særdrag er rikeleg til stades i romanen.»Marta Norheim, NRK

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Author Erlend Loe

Erlend Loe was born in 1969 in Trondheim, Norway. He studied folklore, film studies, and literature before becoming one of the most beloved and popular authors in Norway. He made his debut with the novel Captured by the Woman (Tatt av kvinnen) in 1993, a novel he received raving reviews for. In 1996 came Naiv. Super, his big break through in Norway as well as abroad, and has been called the novel of his generation. His novel Doppler, which came out in 2004, has been critically acclaimed for it´s depiction of the modern man, and The Guardian named it Book of the year. He is a productive author, and publishes books both for adults and children. His books about Kurt have been a huge success, and has also been turned into an animated film.
Erlend Loes books have been published in thirty-nine countries so far.

He lives in Oslo with his wife and three sons, and enjoy biking.

Awards:

  • Ministry of Cultural Affairs Prize for The Big Red Dog (Den store røde hunden), children's picture book, 1996. Illustrated by Kim Hiorthøy.
  • The Cappelen Award 1997
  • The Critics' Prize for Kurt Quo Vadis?, illustrated children’s novel, 1998 children’s book.
  • The Booksellers' Prize 1999 for L (L).
  • The Aschehoug Prize 2003
  • The French Prix Européen des Jeunes Lecteurs 2006 for Naïve.Super. (Naiv.Super).
  • The French Tam-tam Prize for The Fish (Fisken) 2006, children’s book.
  • De Grote Jongerenliteratuur Prijs (The Netherlands) 2010 for Muleum.

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Foreign rights
Denmark

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