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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. It is at once about choices and changes, about motion and rest, about moving to a new place, and about living.
212 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2010
“An impressive, multi-layered narrative, of the power and limits of art, of finding one’s place—within a family, as well as a place to live and work—of dealing with grief and ever-changing intimate personal connections, whether abrupt—the death of a loved one—or more gradual—a daughter coming into her own. It is a complete work, yet also feels like a stage, of his life and writing-career. . . . A quite fascinating, rich, and deeply personal work.”
The Complete Review
"Against Art is not ’about’ anything but instead details its own process of creation. The result is a book that is never anything less than interesting, and which reads as an experimental meditation on itself."
Edward Sugde | Times Literary Supplement
Table of Contents
A novel by Tomas Espedal
Translated by James Anderson