Welcome to The Hills, Oslo’s most esteemed restaurant, an institution stewed in tradition and clinging to the faded grandeur of old Europe.
In Matias Faldbakken’s novel, THE WAITER (ScoutPress), a neurotic waiter tends to the desires of his regular – and irregular – clientele. Aristocrats and artistes, wealthy widows and roguish entrepreneurs, he observes all their dramas with a wit as sharp as a filleting knife.
At table ten sits the impeccable Mr Graham, the most demanding of them all, impatiently awaiting a special guest. When at last she arrives – young, beautiful, mysterious – she proves a challenging new flavor, throwing into disarray our waiter’s nerves, and the delicately balanced ingredients of the room.
THE WAITER is a delicious read for anyone who enjoys dining in restaurants, eating and appreciates good food and wine. It’s treat for patrons and employees. I’d couple this with two fingers of smooth bourbon.
Matias made his literary debut in 2001 with The Cocka Hola Company, the first part of his Scandinavian Misanthropy Trilogy. Macht und Rebel was released two years later, following most recently by Unfun, in Spring 2008, which completed his trilogy. All three novels are published under the pseudonym Abo Rasul.
In 2006, Faldbakken released Kaldt produkt (“Cold Product”) under his own name. It is a contemporary update of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. Faldbakken commented to Dagbladet when it was released: “I am a spokesperson for totally anarchistic mayhem on a bed of traditional family values”. It was performed at Staatstheater Stuttgart in 2008.
He has also released a collection of short stories called Snort Stories.
Matias is also an internationally known artist represented by the Paula Cooper Gallery.
Thanks to Scout Press we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us an experience you’ve had in a restaurant – good or bad.
We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
GIVEAWAY: USA only please.