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International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel (nominee)
Barnum and Fred are half-brothers, growing up in sixties Oslo. Barnum seems to have stopped growing, while his older half-brother, conceived after the rape of their mother and frustrated by learning difficulties, is sent away to a special school. Barnum's father is no better than a con man, giving the appearance of a travelling salesman; while the three women in the family (mother, grandmother and great-grandmother - the 'Old One') are all unwed mothers. Then the Old One is killed by a hit and run driver - and Fred becomes mute as a result. The two half-brothers embark on their separate courses, Fred becoming a boxer and Barnum a scriptwriter, hoping to create a new genre in film, 'the northern' (as opposed to 'western').

This literary marvel tells the story of an ordinary Norwegian family in the 1960s, set apart by extraordinary family members, and of two half-brothers leading very different and separate lives, until they are brought together again at their mother's deathbed...

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Hardback Editions

May 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Half Brother: A Novel
Author(s): Lars Saabye Christensen
ISBN: 1-55970-715-1 / 978-1-55970-715-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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Paperback Editions

August 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Half Brother: A Novel
Author(s): Lars Saabye Christensen
ISBN: 1-61145-789-0 / 978-1-61145-789-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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April 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Half Brother: A Novel
Author(s): Lars Saabye Christensen
ISBN: 1-61145-255-4 / 978-1-61145-255-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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June 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Half Brother: A Novel
Author(s): Lars Saabye Christensen
ISBN: 1-55970-759-3 / 978-1-55970-759-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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February 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Half Brother
Author(s): Lars Saabye Christensen
ISBN: 0-09-945916-7 / 978-0-09-945916-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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January 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Half Brother
Author(s): Kenneth Steven
ISBN: 1-900850-74-5 / 978-1-900850-74-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arcadia Books
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Kindle Editions

January 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Half Brother: A Novel
Author(s): Lars Saabye Christensen
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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