The Discoverer: A Novel

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Open Letter Books, 2009 - Fiction - 448 pages
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"Jan Kj rstad is a Viking of literature."--Independent

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 toThe Seducer andThe Conqueror, both deepening the mysteries contained in those two novels and revealing the bottomlessness of so many others. Jan Kj rstad 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.

Jan Kj rstad is the author of the Wergeland Trilogy, a huge international success that led to Kj rstad 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 H eg, Linn Ullmann, and Leif Davidsen.

 

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User Review  - echaika - LibraryThing

This is a superb book, written and disorganized as if you are privy to the constant dialogue in Jonas's mind, the neverending discourse all of us cursed or blessed with language have reeling in our ... Read full review

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User Review  - bookking - LibraryThing

I really did enjoy the writing of this story. Yes, it's a translation, but the flow of the story felt good. I missed the 2 previous installments and am curious about them, but overall I likely won't ... 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 made his debut as a writer in 1980 with a short story collection, The Earth Turns Quietly. The three books making up the Wergeland trilogy--The Seducer, The Conqueror, and The Discoverer (forthcoming from Open Letter in 2009)--have achieved huge international success, and led to Kjaerstad receiving the Nordic Prize for Literature in 2001. He has 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 Hoeg, Linn Ullmann, and Leif Davidsen.

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