The Seducer

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Overlook Press, 2006 - Fiction - 606 pages
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Interludes of memory and fancy are mixed with a murder investigation in this panoramic vision of contemporary Norway. Jonas Wergeland, a successful TV producer and well-recognized ladies man, returns home to find his wife murdered and his life suddenly splayed open for all to see. As Jonas becomes a detective into his wife's death, the reader also begins to investigate Jonas himself, and the road his life has taken to reach this point, asking "How do the pieces of a life fit together? Do they fit together at all? The life Jonas has built begins to peel away like the layers of an onion, slowly growing smaller. His quest for the killer becomes a quest into himself, his past, and everything that has made him the man he seems to be. Translated into English for the first time, this bestselling Norwegian novel transports and transfixes readers who come along for the ride.

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Review: The Seducer (Jonas Wergeland trilogy #1)

User Review  - Jacqueline - Goodreads

Interesting read. I agree with other reviewers that this is very focussed on the main character, which diminishes the fullness of other characters. However, it is intended as a biography, albeit of an ... Read full review

Review: The Seducer (Jonas Wergeland trilogy #1)

User Review  - Erin - Goodreads

I have just declared this book number one in my top five fiction of 2011. So many people have such thoughtful comments about this book and the other two in the series, but I devoured these books whole ... Read full review

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Jan Kjaerstad made his debut as a writer in 1980 with a short story collection, The Earth Turns Quielty. The three books making up the Wergeland trilogy--The Seducer, The Conqueror, and The Discoverer--have achieved huge international success, and led to Kjaerstad receiving the Nordic Prize for Literature in 2001 for The Discoverer. He has also received Germany's Henrik Steffen Prize for Scandinavians who have significantly enriched Europe's artistic and intellectual life.

Barbara J. Haveland was born in Scotland, and now lives in Denmark with her Norwegian husband and teenage son. She has translated works by several leading Danish and Norwegian authors, including Peter Hoeg, Linn Ullmann, and Leif Davidsen.

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