The Model (Innbundet)

Author:

Lars Saabye Christensen

Norwegian title: Modellen
Author:
Binding: Innbundet
Year: 2005
Pages: 322
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
ISBN/EAN: 9788202248772
Overview Modellen

The painter, Peter Wihl, is about to turn fifty and open a new, big exhibition. The gallery owner, Ben, warns him: "To be honest, you can't afford to repeat yourself any more. Evil tongues say that if you're going to paint more body parts, you'll soon have to start with the internal organs."
Peter lives with his wife, Helene, a set designer who is working on a production of Ibsen's play The Wild Duck. They have a six-year old daughter, Kaia. As he struggles with his paintings for the exhibition, he realises that he is starting to lose his sight. Peter enters into a pact with the devil, in the shape of an old school friend. The novel poses the question: how far is Peter willing to go in order to create his art? And what is most important, art or people?
Modellen (The Model) is a brilliant, ruthless portrayal of an artist's self-obsession and desperation – and it marks and important step in the development of Lars Saabye Christensen's authorship.

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Reviews Modellen

"En perfekt sammenvevet historie om en kunster som snubler i kampen for sitt kunstneriske liv."

 
Siri Hunstadbråten, Drammens Tidende

"Modellen har en thrillers intensitet og handlingsrikdom og en kunstverks fortolkningsmuligheter, samtidig som boka har et utvetydig og bankende hjerte. (...) Livet er kort og kunsten evig. Her har Lars Saabye Christens skrevet en hyllest til livet fremfor kunsten - som ironisk nok kommer til å bli stående. Som stor kunst."

Ole Jacob Hoel, Adresseavisen

"For han overgår de fleste, Saabye Christensen, med denne boka."

Cathrine Krøger, Dagbladet

"En storlinjet, mørk og uimotståelig leseopplevelse.Modellen er en roman fylt til randen av hjerte og smerte – i ordenes sanneste betydning."

Turid Larsen, Dagsavisen

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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. 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 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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