The most beautiful book 2022 has just been published by Forlaget Palomar & Skjødt in Denmark, the Danish translation of Mircea Cărtărescu’s SOLENOID.
Norwegian, Finnish and Icelandic rights are still available.
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.
The Danish press on SOLENOIDE:
»Romanian Mircea Cartarescu’s novel has the same depth and sweeping inscrutability as ‚The Divine Comedy‘ and other classics of world literature. (…) I have never read anything like it and hardly anything that comes close.« (Information)
»The novel requires immersion, but in gods where you get your money’s worth. It is, quite simply, a fantastic novel. For at least two reasons. Firstly, because it is outrageously well written (and hence praise for the Danish translator Jacob Jonia). It is a very long time since I have read a book where the linguistic inventiveness and originality is so pronounced. […] Secondly because the book presents other ways of experiencing and understanding existence which, by virtue of the linguistic weight and the author’s fabulous imaginative powers, have challenged my world view.« (Jyllands Posten)
»A fun and beautiful and exuberant memoir of a time when literature was perceived as more real than so-called reality.« (Weekendavisen)
The Swedish press on SOLENOIDE:
»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)
Rights sold to Bulgaria (Faber), Catalonia (Periscopi), China (Beijing Imaginist), Croatia (Fraktura), Denmark (Palomar), France (Noir sur Blanc), Italy (Saggiatore), Netherlands (Bezige Bij), Norway (Solum), Slovakia (BraK), Sweden (Bonniers), Spain (Impedimenta), USA (Deep Vellum).