Description - The Half Brother by Lars Saabye Christensen
Barnum and Fred are half-brothers, growing up in the sixties Oslo. Barnum seems to have stopped growing, while his older half-brother, conceived after the rape of their mother and frustrated bu learning difficulties, is sent away to a special school. Barnum's father is no better than a con-man, giving the appearance of a travelling salesman; while the three women in the family (mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother - 'the Old One') are all unwed mothers. Then the 'Old one' is killed by a hit and run driver- and Fred becomes mute as a result. The two half-brothers embark on their separate courses, Fred becoming a boxer and Barnum a scriptwriter, hoping to create a new genre in film, 'the northern' (as apposed to the Western). This literary marvel tells the story of an ordinarry family is the 1960's, set apart by extraordinary family members and of two half-brothers leading very different and saparate lives until they are brought together again at their mother's deathbed.....
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(198mm x 132mm x 46mm)
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Author Biography - Lars Saabye Christensen
Lars Saabye Christensen is Norway's leading contemporary writere. He is the author of ten novels as well as short stories and poetry. Christensen has won many prizes, including the Nordic Prize 2002, the Tarj Vesaas Prize for First Fiction, the Critics Prize and the Bookseller's Prize. His writing has been published throughout Europe, in the US and in Pakistan. Lars Saabye Christensen lives in Oslo.