The Scoundrel Days of Hobo Highbrow is about a down-on-his-luck 40ish writer obsessed about Paul Waaktaar-Savoy of the rock group a-ha. Hobo has published a few books and poems in the past and now works as a proof-reader for a newspaper. He aspires to write a Nobel Prize winning literary novel, but has a loose grip on reality. He selects Paul Waaktaar-Savoy as his idol, as someone like him who struggled from a little known country to break out on the world scene. Hobo has a penchant for words. His favorite book is the dictionary and, of course, he plays Scrabble with his girl friend Helle. He and his odd friends make for a humorous story laced with actual tidbits about a-ha.
Available for all languages apart from German. Published as hardback in German in 2007, and as e-book and audio book in 2014. Self published in English in 2008, and in Italian in 2010 (by translator).
Norwegian writer Pål H. Christiansen has created a wonderful grumpy hero, a tedious but friendly guy. With empathy Christiansen tells about how difficult it is to find your place in the world out there as long as the one inside of you is capturing you too much. -- Der Spiegel, May 2007
The novel is amusing from the offset and doesn't stop making the reader laugh. A very pleasurable read! -- MAX, April 2007
Born 1958 in Oslo. Author of 5 novels and 7 childrens books. The novel "Drømmer om storhet" (2002) received international attention due to the protagonists admiration of Norwegian pop group a-ha.