In Oslo this spring, publishing editor Christian Kjelstrup set up a bookshop for one week, selling only one book, the Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa’s Uroens bok (The Book of Disquiet). The shop was named after the book and Uroens bokhandel (‘The Bookshop of Disquiet’) opened at the end of March this year. Kjelstrup had bought up the remaindered stock of the book, which had been issued by another Norwegian publisher.

Before opening. Text on the window says: ‘One Bookshop. One Book. One Week. The Book of Disquiet by Pessoa. Opens 26.03. Welcome.’ (http://www NULL.ceatl NULL.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/norway NULL.pessoa NULL.1 NULL.june14 NULL.jpg)
Before opening. Text on the window says: ‘One Bookshop. One Book. One Week. The Book of Disquiet by Pessoa. Opens 26.03. Welcome.’

The stunt was a great success, created a lot of buzz and ended in a big party at a nearby sports arena in the centre of Oslo, sponsored with wine and a lecture on Pessoa’s standing in Portugal by the Portuguese ambassador. There were also readings and interviews with other writers on Pessoa’s book, Fado music, etc. There was a cover charge ‘for the rich and famous: 50 kr’ and ‘poor students and underpaid authors: 20 kr’.

Queueing up for disquiet (http://www NULL.ceatl NULL.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/norway NULL.pessoa NULL.2 NULL.june14 NULL.jpg)
Queueing up for disquiet

And there was a huge trophy for the translator, Christian Rugstad.

The translator, Christian Rugstad, with his trophy for 'the world’s best translation of the world’s best book'. (http://www NULL.ceatl NULL.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/norway NULL.pessoa NULL.3 NULL.june14 NULL.jpg)
The translator, Christian Rugstad, with his trophy for ‘the world’s best translation of the world’s best book’.

In this short week the bookshop turned this Portuguese cult classic, hitherto practically unknown in Norway, into the talk of the town, and sold more than 1600 copies. The stunt was repeated at a literary festival two months later with equal success. This summer Kjelstrup is planning to take his project to Lisbon.

The shopkeeper, Christian Kjelstrup (http://www NULL.ceatl NULL.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/norway NULL.pessoa NULL.4 NULL.june14 NULL.jpg)
The shopkeeper, Christian Kjelstrup
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