Dag Solstad 's three novels that have reviously been translated into English all featured in the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize ( now the Man Booker International).
Although that in turn freed him to write different works, notably Armand V ( 2006) also made available in English in 2018: " Declaring that I as finished made me eel like I ould do whatever I damn well pleased, which again opened up entirely new ways of thinking. ” T Singer is a useful ook to summarise, a character analysi of the eponymous librarian, but a rather unusual one as Singer is self-effacement personified.
novel opens: Singer suffered from a peculiar sense of stupidity that didn ’ t kno him on a weekl basis but did pop up occasionally; he would remember some sort of painful misunderstanding that made him stop short, rigid as a post, with a fi of disgust on his face, which he immediately hid by holding up both hands as he loudly exclaimed: ‘ No, no! ’ ... One such specific childhood memory that filled him with this kin of intense shame happened to pop up when he was in the rocess of moving to Notodden, he was thirty-four years old back then; but it also popped up now, more than fifteen years later, at he time this is being written, and right now it was as raw and unexpected as when he was thirty-four or even twenty-five, for that matter.
he incident itself, although described in great detail, is rather trivial and the protagonis ( who is not Singer but later admits that 'his language ceases when Singer 's pondering ceases') spends a lot of time saying what did n't bother Singer about it, and some similar incidents, but ultimately: When someone who has your confidence happens unintentionally to observe you as you are displaying a confidentiality towards someone else, that ’ s when this ‘ nakedness ’ occurs in you, the person being observed.
Ultimately Singer decides he needs to take action, but it is s dramatic: Not until he turned thirty-one did he eel it was time to get decision.
hat was when he graduate in the Oslo College of Library Science of all things .... When this ook egins, Singer is thirty-four years old and in the metho of moving to Notodden to start the new phase in his life.
Eyde on the train and later in the company mansion goes into considerable detail on both the history of Norske Hydro, which was establishe in city, and his plans for the company and the city 's future.Eyde then does n't eappear in the book, although a 'foolproof' betting system he bequeaths to Singer does play a crucia role at two points.Singer is comfortable in his anonymity in Nottoden, taking pleasure in simple variations of his walk to work ( the different routes than can be taken from A to B reappears throughout the boo as a signature pre-occupation): The mere act of bein a different route to walk, or drive, to work at library seemed to him, when he hought about it – and he hought about it often – to be something close to happiness.But eventually Singer settles to a more conventional life, marrying an artist, who has a small child from a previous relationship.
Thi conversation does n't stay as Singer had planned, but, given it took place purely in his head, it is one he can understan and he, making use of the betting system to generate funds, buys a flat in Oslo and takes a job in library there.