Naïve. Super

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Naïve. Super
First (Norwegian) edition
AuthorErlend Loe
Original titleNaiv.Super.
TranslatorTor Ketil Solberg
GenrePhilosophical fiction
Media typePrint

Naïve. Super. (Original title: Naiv.Super.) is a novel by the Norwegian Erlend Loe. It was first published in 1996 in Norwegian, and proved to be 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 4-5 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)". 10 May 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2017.