Simon Stranger

Those Who Don’t Exist

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Paperless people – people who don’t exist – live everywhere. 21-year-old Samuel from Ghana knows what it means to sacrifice everything in the hope of a new and better life in Europe. He did it before, when he fled to Gran Canaria. A Norwegian woman called Emilie tried to help him that time. In the end he was discovered and deported anyway.
The last thing Samuel received from Emilie was a piece of paper with her address on it. He is now standing outside her house in Bærum, with experiences behind him that no one in this foreign country could start to comprehend.

Nominated for The Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize 2015.

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‘For being a young adult book, this material is tremendously powerful.’


‘The way Stranger sheds light on the truth we would rather avoid is like a slap in the face (…) an exceptional novel and perhaps the most important young adult novel of our time.’

Vårt Land

’He has a definite political agenda: to highlight unfairness in the world. (…) This is dark realism at its most heartbreaking.’

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Simon Stranger (b. 1976) made his literary début as a children’s author with the picture book Krusedullen in 2005. In 2006, Gjengangeren was awarded Riksmålsprisen. Stranger has also written critically acclaimed novels for adults.