Beyond Sleep by Willem Frederik Hermans

Beyond SleepIn this quirky, philosophical and blackly funny novel, a naive young Dutch academic attempts a geology field trip with three fit and competent Norwegians into the far Norwegian endless sun/mosquito-ridden “outback.” He is striving toward some literally meteoric discovery, but suffers mishap after foolish mishap, his esteem rising and falling like a feisty teen’s. It is a tale of ego and absurd academic competition, and you just know SOMEONE’s heading toward some sort of disaster. Some coincidences and surprises the reader learns of at the end are far-fetched, yet curiously compelling.

Reviewed by Teresa

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