Jonas Wergeland, a successful TV documentary producer and God's gift to women, returns one evening for the World's Fair in Seville to find his wife dead on the living room floor. What follows is a quest to find the killer, encompassing by turns a picaresque and endlessly inventive look at the conditions that have brought Wergeland to this critical juncture in life. From his hair's breadth escape form a ravenous polar bear while filming in Greenland to a near-death experience aboard a passenger ferry in the icy Baltic, the Tom Jones-like experiences that comprise the narrative of Wergeland's life, relayed in Kjaerstad's veneered and acutely observant prose, provide a fascinating portrait of a media icon at the crux of his journey as an artist.
Winner of the prestigious Nordic Prize 1999, Scandinavia's highest literary honour
'A tremendous story, rich and moving, delightful and tragic - veracious. It's a long time since I was so intensely taken with a book.' Erik Svendsen, Politiken
'The Seducer is really so life-affirming, that it is a pure joy to read. It's a great concept, it's impressive and formidably well written' Lars Handesten, Berlingske Tidende
'The Seducer by the Norwegian Jan Kjærstad is a modern national epic. Read on, reader, read on – great books are so rare!' Die Welt
'It is possible that I'll change my mind, but now, after a single night with this thousand-pager, I can't think of a single novel from contemporary European literature I'd rather have than these two by Jan Kjærstad' Thomas Thura, Weekend-avisen (Denmark), on The Conqueror and The Seducer