Author(s): Lars Saabye Christensen
The painter Peter Wih is about to turn 50 and open a major new exhibition. The gallery owner warns him: ‘To be honest, you can’t afford to repeat yourself anymore. Evil tongues say that if you’re going to paint more body parts, you’ll soon have to start with the internal organs.’ Peter is married to Helene, a set designer who is working on a production of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck. They have a six-year old daughter, Kaia. As he prepares for the exhibition, he realises that he is starting to lose his sight. Peter enters into a pact with the devil, in the shape of an old school friend, posing the question: how far is Peter willing to go in order to create his art?
Shortlisted for Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2008.
'A new novel by the Norwegian author of the international hit The Half Brother. A painter, about to turn 50, realises that he is starting to lose his sight. He makes a pact with the devil, in the guise of an old school friend' - Nicolas Clee, The BooksellerPraise for The Half Brother:'The book of the year so far as the pleasure principle is concerned...majestic' - Chris Power, The Times'Bruising and brilliant...like Paul Auster's The Book of Illusions meeting Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections' - Anna Paterson, Independent'The Half Brother is no mere interesting example of contemporary Scandinavian writing; it's a deeply felt, intricately worked and intellectually searching work of absolutely international importance' - Paul Binding, GuardianAn ambitious, panoramic novel...it moves effortlessly from surreal comedy to touching scenes of domestic intimacy - a big rewarding read' - Gerard Woodward, Daily Telegraph'Powerful, dramatic and magical' - Daily Mail
Lars Saabye Christensen is Norway's leading contemporary writer. He is the author of 12 novels, as well as short stories and poetry. His international best-selling novel The Half Brother has been published in nearly 30 countries. It won the Nordic Prize for Literature as well as the Norwegian Bookseller's Prize, was shortlisted for the 2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was long-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and was chosen as one of the 25 Notable Titles of 2004 by the American Library Association. Lars Saabye Christensen lives in Oslo.