The Conqueror

By Jan Kjaerstad

Translator: Barbara J. Haveland

Format: Paperback

Jonas Wergeland has been convicted of the murder of his wife Margrete. What brought Norway's darling to this end? The author explores the dark side of a rosy existence.

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Jonas Wergeland has been convicted of the murder of his wife Margrete. What brought Norway's darling to this end? A professor has been set the task of writing a biography of the once celebrated, now notorious, television personality; in doing so he hopes to solve the riddle of Jonas Wergeland's success and downfall. But the sheer volume of material on his subject is so daunting that the professor finds himself completely bogged down, at a loss as how to proceed, until the evening when a mysterious stranger knocks on his door and offers to tell him stories which will help him unravel the strands of Wergeland's life.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Arcadia Books
Publication Date 11 Nov 2008
ISBN 9781905147380
Number of Pages 493

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'An enormously accomplished and compelling novel by one of Scandinavia's outstanding contemporary writers. Barbara J. Haveland and Arcadia Books have performed a great service by giving us Kjaerstad in English at last' - Paul Auster'I read the Norwegian writer Jan Kjaerstad's energetic blast of a novel, The Seducer, in one. It's irresistible and playful' - Ali Smith, TLS'Jan Kjaerstad is a brave writer. The Seducer succeeds at being a great work of fiction, and a terrific read' - Anna Paterson, Independent

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