“I still don't know if things fit together, or if everything will be all right in the end. But I believe that something means something. I believe in cleansing the soul through fun and games. I also believe in love”
The number one Norwegian bestseller, translated into nineteen languages
Troubled by an inability to find any meaning in his life, the 25-year-old narrator of this deceptively simple novel quits university and eventually arrives at his brother’s New York apartment.
In a bid to discover what life is all about, he writes lists. He becomes obsessed by time and whether it actually matters. He faxes his meteorologist friend. He endlessly bounces a ball against the wall. He befriends a small boy who lives next door.
He yearns to get to the bottom of life and how best to live it.
Funny, friendly, enigmatic and frequently poignant - superbly naive.
“Loe certainly has some of Salinger’s lightness of touch, and often comic voice of his unnamed narrator recalls Salinger’s Holden Caulfield. A charming debut novel.”
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“it displays a canny lightness of touch and a great deal of charm. An effortlessly hip and savvy antidote to the rainy day blues.”
“It is fascinating, how much depth this young author can convey in a simple language - a major talent.”
oldenburgische Volkzeitung, Germany
“A book overflowing with creative talent on just about every page. Well calculated naivety.”
Erlend Loe, born in Trondheim (Norway) in 1969, has appeared on the stage and worked in film and video production. He has been a critic for the Worker’s Newspaper, worked in a psychiatric hospital and been a substitute teacher. Naïve. Super is his first adult book although he has written several books for children.