The Half Brother (Innbundet)

Author:

Lars Saabye Christensen

Norwegian title: Halvbroren
Author:
Binding: Innbundet
Year: 2001
Pages: 650
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
ISBN/EAN: 9788202202088
Kategori: Romaner
Overview Halvbroren

The Half Brother (Halvbroren) is a novel about two brothers that are struggling to become whole individuals. Both the critic’s and the audience have been acclaiming this great novel. The sale figures in Norway are approximately 300,000 copies. The Half Brother has received a number of prizes and awards, and has been filmed as a TV-series by NRK (The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation).

'Imagine if Saabye Christensen had grown up on Manhattan’s East Side. We’d be talking about a world-class best-seller.'
VG

'A wonder of a novel. As a Bildungsroman and a childhood narrative it is a gem. ... It is by no means an inaccessible book, yet it runs deep. So deep, in fact, that it would be impossible to reflect all the psychological layering in a review beyond referring samples of the rich, refined textual tapestry.'
AFTENPOSTEN

'A Divine Comedy. A tragic comedy-cum-family chronicle of great proportions, beautifully crafted, Hamsunesque in its approach.'
DAGBLADET

Foreign press:

'This is a great river of a book. The phrase came spontaneously as I was irresistibly carried along the flow. The Half Brother is magnificent. .. The Half Brother is like Paul Auster's The Book of Illusions meeting Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections.'
THE INDEPENDENT, UK

'The Half Brother is no mere interesting example of contemporary Scandinavian writing; it's a deeply felt, intricately worked and intellectually searching work of absolutely international importance.'
THE GUARDIAN, UK

'The Half Brother is the kind of big ambitious panoramic novel of the sort we tend to think only Americans write these days. It is part Bildungsroman - depicting the coming of age of a writer - part a Ulysses for Oslo. ... A big rewarding read.'
DAILY TELEGRAPH, UK

'…this magnificent book, which won the Scandinavian equivalent of the Booker in 2002, should win him international recognition.'
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, UK

'Christensen’s intense saga (with intermitted echoes of such ambitious predecessors as Grass’ The Tin Drum and Michael Tournier’s The Ogre) is both an arduous read … and a thrilling and stimulating black comedy that shows, unforgettably, how art and understanding are shaped out of pain and suffering.'
KIRKUS REVIEW, US

'The Half Brother is a great literary achievement.'
GÖTEBORGSPOSTEN, Sweden

'It is cruel, humorous and bizarre at the same time, and the language is fluent.'
SYDSVENSKA DAGBLADET, Sweden

'The Half Brother is a literary master piece. It grips the reader deeply inthe heart and the brain.'
JYLLANDSPOSTEN, Denmark

'The novel is quite a magic suitcase... in a huge prose...'
INFORMATION, Denmark

'It will take a long time before you can overcome to read something else and not being drowned by the sound of Saabye.'
MORGENPOSTEN, Denmark

'A sparkling masterpiece. This novel seems to be written in one energetic stream of power… Like a camera that slides from image to image, zooming in, moving back and forth and on again, that's the way Christensen writes… The Half Brother is a novel with an brilliant, amazing force.'
NRC-HANDELSBLAD, The Netherlands

'Whoever reads The Half Brother, will wonder: for heavens sake, why didn't anybody tell me about this writer before? … The structure of the book is like a film scenario, with an extremely compelling, musical rhythm.'
HP/DE TIJ, The Netherlands

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Reviews from Halvbroren

 
Tinic Talén, VG
"Et stort, charmerende og vidunderligt generøst brag af en bog, hvor Saabye Christensen forløser hele sit potensiale som fortæller (...) Det er norsk slapstick forlenet med stor Hamsunsk indtryksømhed og en fortælleglede, der er sjælden, rig og givende."
Henrik Wivel, Weekendavisen
"Lars Saabye Christensens Halvbroren er med sine 650 sider en imponerende konsekvent tekst og et formidabelt overskuddsverk (...) proppfull av originale og sanselige metaforer (...) Maken til favnende og rik roman er det lenge siden jeg har lest."Morten Auklend, Klassekampen
"I høstens roman demonstrerer Lars Saabye Christensen at han kan kunsten å fortelle historier."
Knut Hoem, P2
«Episk storverk som forbløffer og forundrer. Sjarmerende vindskeivt og vidunderlig storstilt. Sårt og morsomt. Bedre roman kommer Saabye Christensen neppe til å skrive. (...) Vi kunne gått i detaljer, men dropper det akkurat her og nå. Fordi vi vet at du også kommer til å lese "Halvbroren". Du kan glede deg.»Ole Jacob Hoel, Adresseavisen
«Som roman er den en litterær bragd av internasjonal format, en bok som gjennom samtlige av sine 650 sider skaper sitrende, euforisk leselykke. Den eneste lille innsigelse er at det var den som innledet bokhøsten 2001. Hva har vi nå å glede oss til?»Tone Solberg, Dagens Næringsliv
«Det er på alle måter en stor roman Lars Saabye Christensen har arbeidet med de siste sju årene. På 650 sider klarer forfatteren å la sine personer utvikle seg i mange retninger, og hele etterkrigstiden - eller for den saks skyld hele det forrige århundre - ruller forbi. Likevel blir skildringen bare åpnere og åpnere»Kjell Olaf Jensen, Dagsavisen
«Det er på alle vis en fabelaktig roman, en tour de force, en guddommelig komedie, en djevelsk tragedie, en slektskrønike (...) det velver seg en himmel over dette verket som vil gi leserne et vell av stjernestunder i tida som kommer»
Øystein Rottem, Dagbladet
«Dette er på ingen måte noen tungt tilgjengelig bok, men den lodder så dypt at det i en anmeldelse er umulig å avspeile alle psykologiske lag, enn si utrede den rike og elegante tekstveven. Bokhøsten er ennå ung, men det skal skrives overjordisk godt for å danke ut "Halvbroren" som en av de norske kandidatene til Nordisk Råds litteraturpris.»Terje Stemland, Aftenposten

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Author Lars Saabye Christensen
Lars Saabye Christensen (1953–) has published a number of novels, poetry and short story collections since his literary debut in 1976 with The Story of Gly(Historien om Gly). His breakthrough came with Beatles (1984), one of the greatest literary sales successes in Norway that, over the years, new generations continue to hold close to their hearts. The author received the Nordic Council Literature Prize for The Half Brother (Halvbroren) in 2001.

He has also received the Riverton Prize, the Critics' Prize, the Brage Prize, the Norwegian Booksellers' Prize, the Dobloug Prize and the Norwegian Reader's Prize. The author has been published in 36 countries.

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