The narrator of this novel does his very best to kill himself. Why would a 32 year-old Norwegian writer take his own life? We watch as the main character repeatedly tries to kill himself, through his remorse, cowardice, debauchery, marriage, and sodomy until the final scene where he deals the fatal blow at the pub Valka in Oslo. Flink’s narrative is crude, humorous and melodramatic, while being poignant, precise, nuanced and disturbing.
Winner of the Youth's Critics Prize!
‘… a convincing piece of literary artwork, somewhere between Christ and Satan.’
‘… brilliantly plotted and well-written. … packed with entertaining devilishness.’
‘Funny and to the point about trying to kill oneself. … Jon Øystein Flink has not only written a screamingly funny novel, but also an interesting text which touches upon something fundamental in the relation between art and society.’
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'The story goes from bad to worse and gives the reader a delicious sinking feeling, along with the gripping fear of what the end will bring!'
'A much more daring and meaningfull piece of work than Charlottes Roches Schoßgebete.'
'This book takes time before it really hits you, but then it hits you hard!'
'A totally crazy book! Therefore a must-read!'
'A disturbing book that really takes you in!'
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