Against Art: The Notebooks

Against Art: The Notebooks

Hardback Seagull World Literature

By (author) Tomas Espedal, Translated by James Anderson

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  • Publisher: Seagull Books London Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 172 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 23mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 26 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Greenford
  • ISBN 10: 0857420186
  • ISBN 13: 9780857420183
  • Edition statement: Translation
  • Sales rank: 234,933

Product description

In contemporary Norwegian fiction Tomas Espedal's work stands out as uniquely personal; it can be difficult to separate the fiction from Espedal's own experiences. In that vein, his novel "Against Art" is not just the story of a boy growing up to be a writer, but it is also the story of writing. Specifically, it is about the profession of writing - the routines, responsibility, and obstacles. Yet, "Against Art" is also about being a father, a son, and a grandson; about a family and a family's tales, and about how preceding generations mark their successors.

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Tomas Espedal is the author of several novels and prose collections, including Tramp, also published by Seagull Books. James Anderson's literary translations from the Norwegian include Berlin Poplars, by Anne B. Ragde; Nutmeg, by Kristin Valla; and several books by Jostein Gaarder.

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"One of the most beautiful, most important books I've read for years." (Klassekampen) "Espedal has written an amazingly rich novel, which will assuredly stand out as one of the year's best and will also further fortify the quality of Norwegian literature abroad." (Adresseavisen) "Against Art attacks literature while at the same time being intensely literary. Our greatest sorrows and torments, the individual experiences often so anemic in art, find a voice of their own." (Morgenbladet) "Against Art moves me with its maternal history and proves yet again that Tomas Espedal writes great novels." (Dag og Tid)"