Naïve. Super

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Naïve. Super
First (Norwegian) edition
Author Erlend Loe
Original title Naiv.Super.
Translator Tor Ketil Solberg
Country Norway
Language Norwegian
Genre Philosophical fiction
Published 1996
Media type Print
Pages 208
ISBN 1841956724
OCLC 49239720

Naïve. Super. (Original title: Naiv.Super.) is a novel by the Norwegian Erlend Loe. It was first published in 1996 in Norwegian, where it was very popular. In 2006, it was on the newspaper Dagbladet's list of the best Norwegian novels 1981-2006.[1] The novel has since been translated into nineteen other languages. Tor Ketil Solberg translated the novel into English.[2]

Plot synopsis[edit]

The story is narrated by a man in his mid-twenties who suddenly becomes disillusioned and confused by life and therefore quits university. The narrator becomes fascinated by both modern scientific theories of time and relativity. He reads a book by Paul Davies and also engages in repetitive childish activities such as playing with wooden BRIO children's toys and repeatedly throwing a ball against a wall. In the end, the narrator visits his brother in New York City and returns to Norway with a renewed sense of meaning in life.

While the narrator's name remains unknown throughout the novel, the author uses his own name at the end of the book, raising questions about the true narrative standpoint throughout the text.


The novel is broken up into 45 chapters, each approximately 15-20 pages in length.


  1. ^ Børja, Maria (2 August 2006). "Stem på de 25 beste bøkene fra vår tid - Litteratur". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Naïve super (Book, 2002)". 2016-05-10. Retrieved 2017-01-08.