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Silje Bekeng on the Modern Norwegian Novel

Norwegians are said to be born with skis on their feet—ready from birth for a life in harmony with the inhospitable Nordic nature. Maybe my mother was lacking some important vitamin during the pregnancy. No skis accompanied me into this world. Instead of seeking the woods and mountains like a true ...

The Model

Lars Saabye Christensen’s last novel to be translated into English, The Half Brother, won the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize in 2002 (the year after one of my favorite novelists, Jan Kjaerstad), and was shortlisted for the 2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The epic family saga, which runs to some 700 ...