Shyness and Dignity by Dag Solstad
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Shyness and Dignity
By Dag Solstad

Shyness and Dignity

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Shyness and Dignity by Dag Solstad

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2007.

Book Description

Nothing in Elias' measured life, in his whole career as a teacher of literature, in his marriage to the 'indescribably beautiful' Eva, foreshadowed the events of that apparently ordinary day. He makes sure he has his headache pills and leaves for work as he has done every morning for the past twenty-five years. He is only too familiar with his pupils' hostile attitude both to his lectures and to himself, but today he feels their impatience, their oafishness, more painfully than ever before and, after their ritually dismissive and bored response to his passionate lecture on Ibsen's The Wild Duck, he reaches a point of crisis. Shyness and Dignity is the story of a man's awakening to a world that no longer recongises what he has always stood for or his talent. Dag Solstad is Norway's leading author, an icon among Scandinavian writers and a leading figure of the political left. This novel, in Sverre Lyngstad's fine translation, is one of Solstad's major works.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781843432104
ISBN-10: 1843432102
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 135mm x 13mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Harvill Secker
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 8-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Dag Solstad

Dag Solstad is one of Norway's leading contemporary authors. His work has consistently won critical acclaim and he is the only author to have received the Norwegian Literary Critics' Award three times. All three of his novels available in English have been listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize: Shyness and Dignity was shortlisted in 2007 and Novel 11, Book 18 and Professor Andersen's Night were longlisted for the 2009 and 2012 prizes respectively.

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