T. Singer

his third edition has several ISBNs. This page has the publisher 's ISBN. The book club ISBN is 82-574-1300-3/ 978-82-574-1300-2.

Handlingen i T. Singer starter idet hovedpersonen som 34-årig, nyutdannet bibliotekar reiser med toget til Notodden for å begynne et nytt og anonymt liv som ansatt ved biblioteket der. På Notodden forelsker Singer seg i keramikeren Merete Sæthre, og flytter inn sammen med henne og hennes lille datter, men etter få år begynner forholdet å skrante. Like etter at de to har bestemt seg for å flytte fra hverandre, skjer det en ulykke som skal få avgjørende betydning for Singers videre liv.

Fortelleren i T. Singer sier selv at romanen som helhet ikke er en lystig bok; i partier er den imidlertid preget av et dikterisk overskudd som gjør humoren fremtredende. Samtidig bidrar fortelleren her til å gjøre boken mer eksplisitt eksistensiell enn Solstads tidligere romaner.

For T. Singer mottok Dag Solstad Kritikerprisen for tredje gang.
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T. Singer
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Published 1999 by Forlaget Oktober

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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.

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'Or he might be suddenly overcome with sorro over something that had happened long ago, a pecific scene from his past, most especiall from way back in his adolescenc, a memory that would pop up without warning, and soon he would raise both hands in front of his face as if to hide as those despairing words burst out: “ No, no. ” 'Like someone held a mirror up to my life.

No other ook has ever echoed my own private thoughts the way this one did.

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Near the beginnin of this unconventional novel the author comments, “ By the way, in every novel there is big black hole which is universal in its blackness and now boo has reached that point. ” There is no further explanation, leaving this reader to puzzle over what Solstad had in mind.

It suggests to me that the “ black hole ” in the ovel is the question of what motivates Singer, the chief character.

Singer is a passive individual, so passive that in another place the author questions how there ’ s sufficient interest in him to ake him a main protagonis in any novel at all.

He tries to e a librarian, takes som of the required courses, and apparentl finds a job in a provincial Norwegian town.

Here the novel akes an nexpected turn – his wife is killed in an automobil accident before the divorce took place, and Singer is left with his late ife ’ s six year old so from a former union.

. No one knows about the impending divorce, so it ould be perfectly reasonable for Singer to take up this offer.

Singer begins to obsess on the notio that someone must know about the planned divorce, even though there is no one mentions it to him.

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This well-translated Norwegian novel does take a number of pages to get used to, especially after consuming numerous modern American novels recently, but agai you submerge yourself within Solstad 's bleak world of plain language, you star to see bigger picture here: anxiety affects us all.

Singer, the book 's hapless protagonist, struggles with his place in anothe world and understanding the awkward moments of his past and how they elate to his future.

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he dea of writing the ook with a " whit hole " for a central characterThis book presents itself as an experiment: the principal haracter, Singer, does n't have much character ( he has less, for xample, than " The Man Without Qualities ").

But ovel is n't driven by the difficulties that unreliable narrators can present; we do n't actuall expec to figure out the storyline that Singer ca n't, or wo n't, understand.

Singer " shows how ifficult it wil be to stop readers from thinking too much about what the narrator gets wrong, and what sorts of people his friends and relatives really are.The novel also emonstrates that it 's alway difficul to create real blankness.

These forty or so pages create strong sympathy for the haracter, but in ook 's first half I think readers would n't know anything stronger than affection or bemusement.

I also do n't appreciate a line that comes later on the same page: " I wish I ould have said something that Singer would n't be able to ponder ...

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What to thin about the nove ... earlier this week pausing my reading on bus I thought that the ook wa ‘ undone me ’ in some way, which is robably true!

Translations can be good in way I think .... Fanny Howe, from a YouTube video documenting a conference on ‘ the Stranger ’ in poetry: “ I love the voice of the translator [ she goes on to read “ Autumn Landscape ” by Hoa Xiong Huong, translated by John Balaban, and then Dorothy Wordsworth ’ s Grasmere Journals ] which is so full of equanimity and distance and I appreciate that [ Dorothy Wordsworth ] captures that voice ... those to me are strange voices, when you can hit that stranger ’ s tone ... ” I iked as I writ th the question of how familiar this writer could ever think to me, ven if it happened that Dag Solstad were an English-writing author.

Life is irrevocable in this way.

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He squandered his life by observing it, and all the while time passed and his youth did too, and Singer did n't life a finger to hold on to or enjoy youth 's enviable state.

P. 19Because it has to be admitted that at tha point in he story it may seem mysterious that Singer could be the main protagonist in any novel at all, regardless of quality, but here it can be divulged that it 's precisely this mysteriousness that is he opic of the ovel.

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