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  • Published: 1 March 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099459163
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 784
  • RRP: $24.99
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The Half Brother



'Bruising and brilliant-This is a great river of a book-Magnificent- Unique' Independent

Barnum and Fred are half- brothers, growing up in sixties Oslo. Barnum seems to have stopped growing, while his half- brother, frustrated by learning difficulties, is sent away to a special school. Theirs is an ordinary Norwegian family of the time, set apart by extraordinary family members. Their 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 great- grandmother - 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 opposed to 'western'). This literary marvel tells the story of an ordinary Norwegian family in the 1960s, set apart by extraordinary family members, and of two half- brothers leading very different and separate lives, until they are brought together again at their mother's deathbed...

  • Published: 1 March 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099459163
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 784
  • RRP: $24.99
Categories:

About the author

Lars Saabye Christensen

Lars Saabye Christensen is Norway's leading contemporary writer. He is the author of many 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.

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