Against Nature

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Tomas Espedal

Against Nature

Tomas Espedal

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by James Anderson
192 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2015
Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9780857422354 Published May 2015 World sales rights except India
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. Against Nature, a companion volume to Espedal's earlier Against Art, is an examination of factory work, love’s labor, and the work of writing. Espedal dwells on the notion that working is required in order to live in compliance with society, but is this natural? And how can it be natural when he is drawn toward impossible things—impossible love, books, myths, and taboos? He is drawn into the stories of Abélard and Héloïse, of young Marguerite Duras and her Chinese lover, and soon realizes that he, too, is turning into a person who must choose to live against nature.
“A masterpiece of literary understatement. Everybody who has recently been thirsting for a new, unexhausted realism, like water in the desert, will love this book.”—Die Zeit, on the Norwegian edition
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Complete Review
“Revealing and forthright. . . . A powerful, well-wrought novel.”
World Literature Today
“Espedal’s writing is wonderfully descriptive, flowing freely from one sentence into another. Such a style is fitting for a novel that seems to glide between thoughts as it questions whether society is natural and what should be done about it. Drawing particular attention to themes of work and love, Espedal’s book invites readers to ponder what is natural in life.”
Mark Haber, Three Percent
“Anderson is an incredible translator. The language is crisp and lucid, with passages that beg to be reread and underlined and read aloud. . . . Gorgeous, profound and exquisitely translated, Against Nature has made me an Espedal devotee and I will seek every book that carries his name.”
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