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Shock effects without meaning

Coranoid is intriguing from a literary point of view, but it is unclear what the novel really wants to tell us about Islam.


In the years since September 11, 2001, a handful of books on Islam have been published, and this autumn we have received a number of new titles on the subject. The quality is as usual variable, but this year we have also seen a new variable – genre. Coranoid, written by the pseudonym Erik Bakken Olafsen, is a novel with Islam as the red thread. And even before it was in the store, the media whipped up the mood by calling it "the most controversial book on Islam this year".


The reception so far has been overwhelming from most teams, and one is left with the impression that many have praised the book in the clouds Fordi it represents a "fierce attack on Islam". "It must be allowed to hope that it can be received in a civilized way," wrote Dagsavisen's Anders Sundnes Løvlie, perhaps with an undertone expecting it not to be?

The tone is set in a way already when the author chooses to publish the book under a pseudonym, and it builds up to the fact that this is a publication that. . .

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