Author(s): Dag Solstad; Tiina Nunnally (Translator)
'A kind of surrealist writer' (Haruki Murakami), who 'doesn't write to please other people' (Lydia Davis). T Singer is the new novel in English from one of Norway's most celebrated writers, proving 'good literature makes us wiser about life, ourselves and other people' (Dagbladet).
Singer, a thirty-four-year-old recently trained librarian, arrives by train in the small town of Notodden to begin a new and anonymous life. He falls in love with Merete, a ceramicist, and moves in with her and her young daughter. After a few years together, the relationship starts to falter, and as the couple is on the verge of separating a car accident prompts a dramatic change in Singer's life.
T Singer is a brilliant and heartbreaking novel about indomitable loneliness, laying bare the existential questions of life in Solstad's classic, bleakly comic style.
Winner of the Norwegian Critics Prize
“Solstad, regarded by Norwegians as arguably their finest and surely their most critically praised and influential contemporary novelist, pairs his deep political engagement with an ever-renewed formal invention. With each new novel, he startles us, his readers, yet again with something unexpected. I find him, with his spirited intelligence, a delight and an inspiration to read, whether (haltingly!) in Norwegian or, over the past few years, happily, gratefully, in English translation.”—Lydia Davis*