Lars Saabye Christensen (1953-) is a gifted storyteller, a narrator who is imaginative, but equally down to earth. His realism alternates between poetic image and ingenious incident, conveyed in supple metropolitan language and slang that never smacks of the artificial or forced. His heroes possess a good deal of self-irony. Indeed, critics have drawn parallels with the black humour of Woody Allen. But beneath the liveliness of his portrayal melancholy always lurks in the books.
Since his début in 1976 Saabye Christensen has written ten collections of poetry, five collections of short stories and twelve novels. His great breakthrough came with the novel “Beatles” in 1984. The sale of over 200,000 copies of the Norwegian edition rendered “Beatles” one of the greatest commercial successes in NorwayNorwegian literary history.
Saabye Christensen’s Beatles creates the literary backdrop for the inaugural Conexions concert as the celebrated writer is set to read excerpts of the novel before Spin Marvel with guests John Paul Jones and Nils Petter Molvćr take to the stage.
Read more on the Conexions concert series here. sd
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