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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Summer 2018

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Shark Drunk
By (author): Morten Stroksnes
9781101972939 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers Jun 12, 2018
$22.95 CAD
Active 5.2 x 8 x 0.7 in 320 pages Vintage
A salty story of friendship, adventure, and the explosive life that teems beneath the ocean, for readers of Bill Bryson and such classics as The Snow Leopard.

In the great depths surrounding the Lofoten islands in Norway lives the infamous Greenland shark. At twenty-six feet in length and weighing more than a ton, it is truly a beast to behold. But the shark is not known for its size alone: its meat contains a toxin that, when consumed, has been known to make people drunk and hallucinatory. Shark Drunk is the true story of two friends, the author and the eccentric artist Hugo Aasjord, as they embark on a wild pursuit of the famed creature—from a tiny rubber boat. Together, the two men tackle existential questions, survive the world’s most powerful maelstrom, and, yes, get drunk, as they attempt to understand the ocean from every possible angle, drawing on poetry, science, history, ecology, mythology, and their own, sometimes intoxicated, observations.

Story Locale: Norway

AWARD-WINNER: Strøksnes ranks among Norway’s best nonfiction journalists, having won countless prizes and received both critical and popular acclaim for his work. Shark Drunk won all three major Norwegian nonfiction awards—a first for any book—including the prestigious Brage Prize.

YEAR’S BEST: Shark Drunk was named one of San Francisco Chronicle’s best books of the year.

COMPS: Think A Walk in the Woods meets Deadliest Catch, with some Shop Class as Soulcraft thrown in.

ACTION ADVENTURE: Readers will delight as Strøksnes and Aasjord drink, dive, and debate their way toward the notorious Greenland shark.

IT HAS EVERYTHING: Part science book, part quest narrative, Shark Drunk will attract lovers of narrative nonfiction, nature, and damn good storytelling.

ENDLESS FASCINATION: Less than five percent of Earth’s oceans have been explored, and those uncharted depths are a source of eternal intrigue. The elusive Greenland shark has its own role in the mystery: a four hundred-year-old specimen was recently discovered and determined to be the world’s longest-living vertebrate.

ENCYCLOPEDIC KNOWLEDGE: Reading Shark Drunk is like swimming through an ocean of astounding facts and unbelievable anecdotes. Strøksnes peppers every page of Shark Drunk with wild true stories about marine life and natural history.

COLORFUL SIDEKICK: The author’s companion on this journey, Hugo Aasjord, is a character unlike any other. By turns hilarious, self-aggrandizing, and just plain out there (he once submitted an embalmed cat to an art gallery interested in his work) he is as compelling as the Greenland shark itself.

TRUE BROMANCE: Alongside the narrative display of his intelligence, Strøksnes also draws on his and Aasjord’s personal histories, and the participatory element to their adventure makes this a story of friendship as much as it is a book about the ocean.

MORTEN STRØKSNES is a Norwegian journalist and writer. He has published eight critically acclaimed books of literary reportage and contributed to several others.

Translated by Tiina Nunnally.

Author Residence: Oslo, Norway

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“Strøksnes follows his capacious curiosity…. The end result reads a bit as if Geoff Dyer had written ’Jaws.’” —The New York Times

“Melville’s Ahab and Hemingway’s Old Man spring to mind…. Rich and fascinating…. Morten Strøksnes’s clever trick is to remind us for one last time that the catching of the big fish is the least important part of the story.” —The Wall Street Journal

“An epic fishing trip reels in fascinating sea lore in this briny eco-adventure…. The author ponders everything related to the ocean, including bizarre luminous squids of the inky depths, frolicking orca pods and sperm whales, ancient disquisitions on maritime monsters, flinty islanders who live off the sea, and the close, testy relationships between fishing friends. Strøksnes’s erudition, salty humor, and unfussy prose yield a fresh, engrossing natural history.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“Accomplished Norwegian historian, journalist, and photographer Strøksnes invites readers into the fantastical ocean environment of his quest to capture a Greenland shark…. Readers will happily devour this smorgasbord of delights.” —Kirkus Reviews

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