Beatles is a cheerful and melancholy novel about four Beatles obsessed Oslo boys born in 1951, from when they as thirteen-year-olds stand on the threshold of the grown-up world – “We anticipated our future, and it looked pretty good” – until the 25th of September 1972. No one escapes dry-shod when the waves of the student uproar out there in Europe come washing over them and their protected lives.
The novel has become one of the biggest sales successes in modern Norwegian publishing history. It was Lars Saabye Christensen’s great break-through as an author, and continues to be read by new generations. In 2006 Dagbladet's readers voted Beatles the best novel throughout the last 25 years, and when this is written, the novel is being translated into English, French, and Spanish. It is the first volume in a trilogy, followed up by Bly (Lead), and is concluded with Bisettelsen (The Funeral).
The press about Beatles:
‘I just ask myself: Why have no German author written such an outstanding novel about this era?’
‘Beatles is an elegantly told story … It can be read in one sitting, and tastes of an entire summer and half a childhood…’
‘A tribute to love and friendship, and an acceptance of the great solitude of the soul. Beatles is a literary blues. Read it. Hum, sigh, smile. Enjoy!’
‘His literary details are terrifi c. In brief scenes or quick replies flashing by he nails the
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