Broken by Karin FossumBroken by Karin Fossum


byKarin Fossum

Mass Market Paperback | August 4, 2009

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A gripping novel set on the boundary between fact and fiction.

A woman wakes one night to find that a strange man has walked into her bedroom. She lies there in terrified silence unable to move. The woman is an author and the man one of her prospective characters. So desperate is he to have his story told that he has resorted to breaking into her house to make her tell it.

She creates Alvar Eide, forty-two years old, single, who works in an art gallery. He lives a quiet, dutiful life, carefully designed to avoid surprises. One winter’s day, all this begins to change when an emaciated young heroin addict walks into the gallery. A kind man, Alvar gives her a cup of coffee to warm her up. She returns some weeks later to his place of work, and then one day appears on his doorstep demanding to be let in.

Interspersed with the chapters of Alvar’s story are his encounters with its author — the frantic attempts of a fictional man trying to control his own destiny. Broken is a gripping novel about the boundary between fact and fiction and the perils of good intentions.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Karin Fossum made her literary debut in Norway in 1974. The author of poetry, short stories and one non-crime novel, it is with her Inspector Sejer Mysteries that Fossum has won greatest acclaim. The series has been published in twenty-six languages.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Title:BrokenFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7 × 4.34 × 0.67 inPublished:August 4, 2009Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0099507366

ISBN - 13:9780099507369


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different Written from the perspective of the author working with the main character. An approach i have only ever come across once before. A play from memory, five people in search of an author?? Worth the read because of differing technique.
Date published: 2014-10-17

Editorial Reviews

“A superb writer of psychological suspense.”–New York Times

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