Winner of Tarjei Vesaas debutant award

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A young man writes a letter to the woman who rejected him.

Driven by doubt and unbridled desire, he tries to write himself to a new understanding of his loneliness.

At the same time, he suspects literature is to blame for all of this.

He therefore dreams of literature that cures the need for literature, literature where life has precedence.

Restless is a disobedient short novel, narrated by aphorisms and small episodes of everyday life, conveyed by a presence and an intensity that never folds back to a personal darkness.

Restless also contains remains of an almost extinct classic ideal. At least hope: Books can make us better people.


“I only have one book in me, after all. It’s called “How I Learned to Love,” and I hope to write it over and over again, with little variations until I die. “


An appealing literary project

Aftenbladet, Norway 5/6

Hits the spot without mercy, and is sometimes hilarious (...) there is sincerness, fragility, meaningfulness and real insight (...) Moes's precise language and the appealing narrative of the book made me read on

Littkritikk, Norway

Kenneth Moe is not afraid to show he has a conscious relationship with literature and its main topics: love, loneliness and yes, in fact, the meaning of life (...) Kenneth Moes Restless is, in addition to the fact Pelikanen Forlag get nominated to the Tarjei Vesaas award, impressive and sensational, Norway