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)

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Once you give it time an allow it to flow over you it becomes worth your time; though the flowing, jumpy style of the narrative can take a bit of getting used to. Read full review

Review: The Seducer (Jonas Wergeland trilogy #1)

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The Seducer Jan Kjaerstad The Seducer opens with Jonas Wergeland returning home to discover his wife's dead body on the floor of their home, from that moment on we are taken on a journey through Jonas ... 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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