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About the Author
Tiina Nunnally is an American literary translator and author who has translated more than sixty works of fiction from Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish. She holds a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has served as an affiliate faculty member in Scandinavian studies at the University of Washington.
Nunnally has received numerous awards for her work, including the PEN/Book of the Month Club Translation Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. She has translated such canonical texts as Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter and a number of Camilla Lackberg's books.
The Swedish Academy has honored her for her contributions to the introduction of Swedish culture abroad. She was also appointed Knight of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit for her efforts on behalf of Norwegian literature in the United States.
Dag Solstad serves up another helping of his wan and wise almost-comedy.--Geoff Dyer
A story at once traditional and postmodern.
Solstad's unusual, entertaining novel of restrained humor follows its protagonist, T Singer, over a lifetime of nonengagement....The novel brilliantly shows the humor and pain of obsessiveness, and the anxious, analytic Singer emerges as an enduring creation.-- (03/12/2018)
The Solstadian long sentence feeds back into itself, meandering with the aimless inevitability of a river heading towards the sea.
Full of dryly comic, densely existential despair.
All of the whispers have been right: Solstad is a vital novelist.--Charles Finch (10/22/2018)
Solstad's inventive approach allows him to reflect on the freedom and obligations of the novelist who is tasked with telling someone else's life story. It also inscribes, in the novel's very form, Solstad's way of writing about people who are not quite the protagonists of their own lives...What if a life--even an apparently consequential one, like an ambassador's--had no discernible narrative, no coherent main action? Actual lives look nothing much like conventional novels. That is the challenge Solstad accepts and rigorously joins.-- (10/22/2018)
Solstad, regarded by Norwegians as arguably their finest and surely their most critically praised and influential contemporary novelist, pairs his deep political engagement with an ever-renewed formal invention. With each new novel, he startles us, his readers, yet again with something unexpected. I find him, with his spirited intelligence, a delight and an inspiration to read, whether (haltingly!) in Norwegian or, over the past few years, happily, gratefully, in English translation.--Lydia Davis
T Singer goes far beyond the typical, Camus-like portrait of existential alienation that clings to every corner of global literature like the odor of cigarette smoke in a supposedly clean hotel room. Solstad creates a truly singular character whose existence feels like nothing more than the sum of indentations left on him by the world.--Is This the Year Dag Solstad Becomes A Household Name