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Title:
Buzz Aldrin, what happened to you in all the confusion?
Author:
Harstad, Johan, 1979-
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Buzz Aldrin, hvor ble det av deg i alt mylderet? English
Edition:
First English language edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Seven Stories Press, [2011]

©2011
Physical Description:
471 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion? opens with the line: "The person you love is 72.8% water, and it hasn't rained for weeks." From there, Brage Award?winning author and playwright Johan Harstad?s debut?previously published to great success in eleven countries and now making its first English-language appearance?tells the story of Mattias, a thirty-something gardener living in Stavanger, Norway, whose idol is Buzz Aldrin, second man on the moon: the man who was willing to stand in Neil Armstrong?s shadow in order to work, diligently and humbly, for the success of the Apollo 11 mission. Following a series of personal and professional disasters, Mattias finds himself lying on a rain-soaked road in the desolate, treeless Faroe Islands, population only a few thousand, a wad of bills in his pocket and no memory of how he had come to be there?that?s when a truck approaches him, driven by a troubled, fantastic man with an offer that will shortly change Mattias?s life. And so, surrounded by a vivid and memorable cast of characters?aspiring pop musicians, Caribbean-obsessed psychologists, death-haunted photographers, girls who dream of anonymous men falling in love with them on bus trips, and even Buzz Aldrin himself?launches Buzz Aldrin, What Happened To You In All The Confusion?, the epic story of Mattias?s pop-saturated odyssey through the world of unconventional psychiatry, souvenir sheep-making, the Cardigans, and space: the space between himself and other people, a journey maybe as remote and personally dangerous as the trip to the moon itself.
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English
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ISBN:
9781609801359

9781107014190
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'The person you love is 72.8% water and it hasn't rained for weeks.' From there, Johan Harstad's debut tells the story of Mattias, a 30-something Norwegian gardener who idolises Buzz Aldrin. Following a series of personal and professional disasters, Mattias finds himself lying on a rain-soaked road in the desolate Faroe Islands with a wad of bills in his pocket and no memory of how he got there. Then a truck approaches, driven by a troubled, fantastic man with an offer that will shortly change Mattias's life in an epic, pop-saturated odyssey.


Author Notes

JOHAN HARSTAD, winner of the 2008 Brage Award (previously won by Per Petterson), is a Norwegian author, playwright, graphic designer, drummer, and international sensation, with books published in eleven countries. His first novel, Buzz Aldrin, What Happened To You In All The Confusion?, was in 2009 made into a TV series starring The Wire's Chad Coleman. Harstad lives in Oslo. DEBORAH DAWKIN is a literary translator based in London.


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Library Journal Review

This courageous, deeply moving, and extra-ordinary novel is the first of acclaimed Norwegian writer Harstad's books to be translated into English. At the center of the story is a troubled young man named Mattias who, over the course of a few months, suffers a series of catastrophic losses and plunges into suicidal depression. Readers are taken on a harrowing journey into the world of mental illness and then on to tentative, precarious recovery as Mattias, surrounded by a small group of equally fragile friends, struggles to cobble together a new life for himself. This terrifying and inspiring book is about love and friendship, madness and sanity, and making our way in a difficult world. Harstad engages these themes masterfully. VERDICT An expertly crafted and emotionally complex novel-a work of considerable power and beauty. Essential for fans of literary fiction.-Patrick Sullivan, Manchester Community Coll., CT (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.