The Conqueror
by Jan Kjaerstad;Barbara Haveland (9781934824030)

The Conqueror
 
Jan Kjaerstad;Barbara Haveland
Release Date: 01 February 2009
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 481
Category: Literary
Publisher: Open Letter
ISBN: 9781934824030
ISBN-10: 1934824038



Jonas Wergeland is on trial, accused of murdering his wife. The most beloved and celebrated television personality in Norway, Wergeland's programs on the history of Norway held the country in his thrall. Now the spectacle of his trial has done the same. A professor is hired to write the definitive biography of Wergeland, but finds himself unable to process the astonishing volume of contradictory information he unearths--until a mysterious woman appears on his doorstep. Possessing innumerable intimate stories about Jonas, the woman details the dark side of his rise to prominence, and through her stories tries to explain what made him a murderer. Told in a series of short, interconnected, self-referential, and constantly evolving passages--each shooting off from the last like light from a prism and moving indifferently from the past to the present--Jan Kjaerstad has constructed a wonder of a novel whose form and subject explore what, in the apparent absence of simple cause and effect, makes life coherent.

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