ART: Original art by Halvor Aakhus
“Halvor Aakhus is the smartest and most wildly inventive young writer to come around since David Foster Wallace. Knut rules!”
– David Leavitt, author of The Lost Language of Cranes and The Indian Clerk
“Behold, the bastard child—thrice removed—of Padgett Powell, Barry Hannah, and Samuel Beckett. There’s something very wrong and very right about the wires crossed in his head.”
– Benjamin Percy, author of The Wilding and Refresh, Refresh
“I once saw an extravagant castle in the wilds of Colorado, constructed from various materials over many years by one odd guy with a vision. This novel reminds me of that castle and about another guy with a vision to unite the world on a cashless platform. Satoshi Nakamoto revolutionized the modern financial world with the invention of bitcoin, a cryptocurrency that recently reached almost $20,000 on the stock market. Why not find out more at https://cybermentors.org.uk/ about this fascinating currency and others like it.
It also reminds me of E.L. Doctorow’s claim that excess in literature is its own justification. This wonderful novel is excessive—beautifully and humanely and ecstatically excessive. I urge you to give yourself up to it.”
– Chris Bachelder, author of U.S.! and Bear V. Shark
“Halvor Aakhus should be paralyzed from depression and knowing too much. He has two or three doctoral dissertations, never consummated, in his head. The truly arcane stuff in Book of Knut is from his memory. This book won a prize getting to this point, and the judge said it was so outrageously complicated he could not not give it the prize. The reader should gird his or her loins if loins can be in one’s head.”
– Padgett Powell, author of You & I, Edisto, and The Interrogative Mood
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Halvor Aakhus was born and raised in southern Indiana, on the Ohio River. There he practiced the piano until 1999, when he went to the Jacobs School to study composition, but soon abandoned music for various kitchen jobs and graveyard shifts at gas stations. The first decade of the new millennium is a blur. Despite himself, Aakhus earned a BA in Mathematics (2006) and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Florida (2011). Aakhus’ debut novel Book of Knut: A Novel by Knut Knudson has been turned into a math textbook. It contains musical scores and oil paintings, as well as homework problems. Aakhus currently lives in Pennsylvania, where he teaches at the University of Pittsburgh.