The Discoverer: A Novel

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Open Letter Books, 2009 - Fiction - 448 pages
7 Reviews
The final novel in a trilogy of books about the Norwegian television celebrity Jonas Wergeland, The Discoverer finds Jonas released from prison, having completed his sentence for the death of his wife. He has taken a job as a secretary aboard the Voyager, a ship which is exploring the far reaches of the Sognefjord-the longest fjord in the world. On the ship, Jonas works for a team of young people-including his daughter, Kristin-who are engaged in a multimedia project that is seeking to chart every aspect of the fjord in a new medium that merges text, image, film, and design. While the crew seeks to document the fjord, Jonas is busy exploring his past. For the first time in the trilogy he is allowed to tell his own story, and on board the ship he begins to recreate a manuscript that he wrote in prison, a book which he has already destroyed once, a book which seeks to explore the central mystery at the heart of Jonas's existence: the life and death of his wife Margrete. The Discoverer stands alone as a masterful novel in its own right-multivocal, throwing story after story aloft and examining each from numerous angles, and all at once. Incredibly, it also serves as the perfect complement to The Seducer and The Conqueror, both deepening the mysteries contained in those two novels and revealing the bottomlessness of so many others. Jan Kjaerstad once again draws us into the Wergeland universe, and he takes us on a journey that promises to finally discover the truth about Jonas's life, and his wife's death.
  

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Review: The Discoverer (Jonas Wergeland Trilogy #3)

User Review  - Alan - Goodreads

updated Aug 23rd 2012 not quite currently reading, but about to, when my holiday begins (tomorrow). ..reading on Woolacombe beach, or when it's too wet or foggy in the apartment above W. beach. So ... Read full review

Review: The Discoverer (Jonas Wergeland Trilogy #3)

User Review  - tim - Goodreads

Why are the books that seep down deepest and saturate our core the very ones that prove most difficult to review? Deleted review after deleted review. Will this be the one I finally release with ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
48
Section 3
103
Section 4
114
Section 5
118
Section 6
152
Section 7
157
Section 8
162
Section 11
272
Section 12
278
Section 13
332
Section 14
335
Section 15
349
Section 16
402
Section 17
451
Section 18
453

Section 9
213
Section 10
270
Section 19
455
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About the author (2009)

Jan Kjaerstad is the author of the Wergeland Trilogy, a huge international success that led to Kjaerstad receiving the Nordic Prize for Literature in 2001. He also received Germany's Henrik Steffen Prize for Scandinavians who have significantly enriched Europe's artistic and intellectual life.

Barbara Haveland has translated works by several leading Danish and Norwegian authors, including Peter Høeg, Linn Ullmann, and Leif Davidsen.

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