For Aksel, meeting Amalie was the turning point in his life. Not only does he experience the terrors and passions of great adventure, he is also introduced to a strange world in which he sees everything with new eyes. He reevaluates all of his values. As though he were drugged, Aksel feels himself lifted out of the life he thought he had been doomed to live.
"You don’t know what would have been better; whether no one else were in love with her, or everyone were."
'Don´t Leave Me is a novel close to perfection in its form. With elegance and ease a complex story is being served – about existential loneliness and isolation, inner rage and darkness.'
'Sæterbakken’s authorship is long, yes, 25 years as we speak, and all we can hope for is that he will continue to write one devilish – and devilishly well written – novel after another.'
'One of the best descriptions of love I have read.'
TIDNINGEN KULTUREN, Sweden
'Sæterbakken has written an uncannily strong and strongly uncanny novel.'
'Sæterbakken does not fall into any vulgar Freudian or popular science pitfalls. The writer digs deeper, much deeper, and the result is both shitty and scorchingly beautiful. Rarely has the composition become the bearer of such a grim irony as what is the case here. It is uncompromising and endlessly sad.'
SVENSKA DAGBLADET, Sweden
'Exeptionally precise and elegant, chiseled with a steady narrative awareness. One is impressed. No excess whatsoever. What needs to be there is there. Nothing more.'
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