After the war the Belgian man Markus poses as blind, even though the eyesight behind his dark glasses is still intact. The only one who knows the secret is little Robert, the son of an American soldier devoured by the war. Robert is the person Markus tells his story to, a story about the siege of Stalingrad, about making impossible choices, about the curse of doubt and the randomness of war.
´Borders is a sweeping Masterpiece´ WORLD LITERATURE TODAY
´...a highlight in the authorship of Roy Jacobsen´ DAGBLADET
´A great European novel.´ AFTENPOSTEN
´...an enormous, exciting and entirely breakneck canvas (...) this book is impossible to put down, and you will be sorry to reach the end of.´ DAGSAVISEN
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.