While the Norwegian translation (Solum Bokvennen) is in preparation, we are celebrating the raving feedback by critics that Mircea Cărtărescu’s SOLENOID (Zsolnay 2019) is receiving in Sweden, published by Bonnier. The author is on his way to the Book Fair in Göteborg – don’t miss him on THURSDAY 13:00–13:45 HALL H1 .
»Hypnotically fascinating« (Svenska Dagbladet)
»A Shakespeare for our time« (Aftonbladet)
»Mircea Cartarescu’s ”Solenoid” is a masterly and magical novel, which without doubt belongs to the world literature. […]
It reminds us about what literature can be when created by a brilliant writer on top of his ability.« (Sydsvenskan)
»The likelihood of Mircea Cartarescu being awarded the Nobel Prize seems to increase every year.« (Expressen)
»Mircea Cartarescu has once again managed to outdo himself.« (Göteborgsposten)
»A masterpiece with boundless, winding and imaginative map images of life and dreams in Bucharest.« (Borås Tidning)
Brilliant, insane and huge: with his monumental novel about the fantasy machine Solenoid, Mircea Cartarescu enters the ranks of major contemporary writers.
A young man reaps scorn and ridicule in his literary circle when he reads from his text The Decline. Rather than becoming the celebrated writer he hoped to be, he takes up a teaching position at school number 86 in a suburb of Bucharest. But when this nameless narrator buys a house in the form of a ship, he falls under the spell of the Solenoid, a giant magnet coil located below the cellar. Its gravitational force does not pull downwards, however, but elevates everything in its immediate vicinity: people, objects – even reality itself.
Mircea Cartarescu’s monumental novel is based on the simple realisation that there is more between heaven and earth than we suspect. The result is a work filled with the art and obsession of its creator.
Rights sold to Bulgaria (Faber), Catalonia (Periscopi), Croatia (Fraktura), France (Noir sur Blanc), Italy (Saggiatore), Norway (Solum), Slovakia (BraK), Sweden (Bonniers), Spain (Impedimenta), USA (Deep Vellum)