The Victors (Heftet)

Author:

Roy Jacobsen

Norwegian title: Seierherrene
Author:
Binding: Heftet
Year: 2009
Pages: 640
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
ISBN/EAN: 9788202309077
Overview Seierherrene

The Victors from 1991 is a grand epic about the rise of the Norwegian social democracy. The novel is divided into two parts. The first takes place at the northwestern coast of Norway, and is a depiction of the hard lives of the poor farmers who were also fishermen in the first half of the 20th Century. The milieu is much the same as in The Unseen, Jacobsen's bestselling novel from 2013. The second part is about the same family, having moved to Oslo. Now we find ourselves in the 60´s, and the narrative has changed to a first person perspective. Some of the characters and the milieu here are recognizable from Jacobsen's novel from 2009, Wonder Child.

The Victors marked Roy Jacobsen's great break-through in Norway. It earned him the Norwegian Booksellers' Prize, and a nomination to the Nordic Council's Literature Prize.

´A story have not been told better on this side of Hamsun.´
VG

´This is one of the strongest depictions of poverty and the culture of the impoverished in the Nordic countries that I have read. Roy Jacobsen builds the story with overview and great sense for details. He also has a visible unschooled engagement for class differences that I have not seen the likes of since Martin Andersen Nexø.´
DAGENS NYHETER, Sweden

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Reviews from Seierherrene
"Det ãr en av de starkaste skildringar av fattigliv og fattigkultur i Norden som jag har lãst. Roy Jacobsen bygger med både õverblick og intrãngande detaljkunskap. Han har dessutom ett brett och odoktrinãrt klassengagemang som man knappast sett maken till sedan Martin Andersen Nexø."Lars Olof Franzén, Dagens Nyheter
"Stort bedre har det ikke vært fortalt på denne siden av Hamsun."Tinic Talén, VG

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Author Roy Jacobsen
Roy Jacobsen (1954–) has since his literary début in 1982 with the short story collection Prison-life evolved into an original, strong and analytical writer with a special interest in the underlying psychology at play in human relationships and actions.

He is a wonderful storyteller with an obvious political engagement. He has twice been nominated for the Nordic Council’s Literary Prize: for The Victors (Seierherrene) in 1991, and Frost in 2003. He was also short-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2009 for his novel The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles (Hoggerne), and shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2017 for The Unseen (De usynlige), as the first Norwegian writer ever.

His books are translated into 31 languages.

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