Naive. Super

Naive. Super

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By (author) Erlend Loe, Translated by Tor Ketil Solberg

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  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 111mm x 178mm x 13mm | 113g
  • Publication date: 7 July 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1841956724
  • ISBN 13: 9781841956725
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: Main ed
  • Sales rank: 15,247

Product description

Troubled by an inability to find any meaning in his life, the 25-year-old narrator of this deceptively simple novel quits university and eventually arrives at his brother's New York apartment. In a bid to discover what life is all about, he writes lists. He becomes obsessed by time and whether it actually matters. He faxes his meteorologist friend. He endlessly bounces a ball against the wall. He befriends a small boy who lives next door. He yearns to get to the bottom of life and how best to live it. Funny, friendly, enigmatic and frequently poignant - superbly naive

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Author information

Erlend Loe, born in Trondheim (Norway) in 1969, has appeared on the stage and worked in film and video production. He has been a critic for the Worker's Newspaper, worked in a psychiatric hospital and been a substitute teacher. Naive.Super. is his first adult book although he has written six books for children.

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* Loe certainly has some of Salinger's lightness of touch, and often comic voice of his unnamed narrator recalls Salinger's Holden Caulfield. A charming debut novel. The Times * it displays a canny lightness of touch and a great deal of charm. An effortlessly hip and savvy antidote to the rainy day blues. Sleazenation * It is fascinating, how much depth this young author can convey in a simple language - a major talent. Oldenburgische Volkzeitung, Germany * A book overflowing with creative talent on just about every page. Well calculated naivety. Dagbladet, Norway