The Conqueror

By Jan Kjaerstad; Barbara Haveland (Translator)
(Open Letter, Hardcover, 9781934824030, 481pp.)

Publication Date: February 2009

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Description
A professor writing the definitive biography of Jonas Wergeland is unable to process the astonishing volume of contradictory information he unearths--until a mysterious woman appears on his doorstep. Possessing innumerable intimate stories about Jonas, the woman details the dark side of his rise to prominence, and through her stories tries to explain what made him a murderer.



About the Author
Jan Kjaerstad made his debut as a writer in 1980 with a short story collection, The Earth Turns Quielty. The three books making up the Wergeland trilogy--The Seducer, The Conqueror, and The Discoverer--have achieved huge international success, and led to Kjaerstad receiving the Nordic Prize for Literature in 2001 for The Discoverer. He has also received Germany's Henrik Steffen Prize for Scandinavians who have significantly enriched Europe's artistic and intellectual life.

BARBARA J. HAVELAND is a freelance literary translator.
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