Doppler (novel)

Doppler is a satirical novel by Norwegian author Erlend Loe. It was first published in 2004 in Norwegian where it was a 'barnstorming success', selling over 100,000 copies.[1] It was translated into English in 2012 by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw with the strapline "An moose is for life ... not just for Christmas".

First edition (Norwegian)

It was identified by Salley Vickers in The Guardian as one of her books of the year, 'wonderfully subversive, funny and original'.[2]

Plot introductionEdit

Following the death of his father and after falling off his bike, Doppler decides to abandon his home in Oslo, job, children and pregnant wife and live a solitary life in a tent in the forest just outside the city. He kills a moose ('elk' in British English) for food but then discovers it has a young calf which he adopts, names Bongo and with whom he discusses the state of the world he has left behind, with its consumerism and focus on personal success. Doppler determines to live a life as far as possible removed from his previous life but finds it impossible to escape entirely, resorting to bartering and even theft to meet his needs. His existence gains much unwanted attention and he struggles to maintain his isolation.


  1. ^ Barry Forshaw (5 December 2012). "Doppler, By Erlend Loe (translated by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw)". The Independent. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  2. ^ The Observer (25 November 2012). "Books of the year 2012". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 April 2021.