The Conqueror

By Jan Kjaerstad

Translator: Barbara Haveland

Format: Paperback

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.

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This is the million-copy international bestseller. In the second volume of the trilogy about Jonas Wergeland, Jan Kjaerstad's narrative enmeshes the reader more and more closely not only in the life of one man, but also in that of an entire nation and its culture in the latter half of the twentieth century. 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 2 Nov 2006
ISBN 9781905147168
Number of Pages 600

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"PAUL AUSTER hails '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'. ALI SMITH mentions it in the TLS as one of her International Books of the Year and adds 'I read this energetic blast of a novel in one'. According to the INDEPENDENT, 'Jan Kjaerstad is a brave writer. The Seducer succeeds at being a great work of fiction, and a terrific read'."

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