Rotteøya og andre fortellinger

Rotteøya og andre fortellinger Rat Island and Other Stories

Short Story Collections #2

Five stories set in the near future.

Welcome to Rat Island and a post-pandemic America, where the upper-class elite is waiting atop a skyscraper to be evacuated while the masses fight for survival down in the streets.

In Shredder, a scientist researching eternal life has finally found a memory shredder that will help him forget everything, before it’s too late.

Cicadas tells the story of two best friends on their way to the bull races in Pamplona when they fall in love with the same girl.

The Antidote follows an estranged son with an agenda as he goes to visit his father at a snake farm in Africa.

Lastly, in the epic and vicious Black Knight, we meet a psychologist who also happens to be an assassin contracted by big business.


  • “Blood-curdling, Nesbø! /…/ Five stories. Lots of violence. Powerful emotions. Unmistakably, Jo Nesbø. /…/ A literary intensity that makes it impossible not to be entertained. /…/ [Rat Island] is a suspenseful story, just about perfectly structured. /…/ At his best, Nesbø is a master of suspense, which he shows in this collection’s best stories.”

    Verdens Gang, Norway

  • “In [Rat Island and Other Stories], he is straightforward and precise, in both prose, structure and plots. Great craftsmanship.”


    Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

  • “Tightly and efficiently told about an eerie future. This is entertaining and at times frightening stuff –served in suitably sized doses. [A] succinct and well-written [volume] from Jo Nesbø.”

    Dagens Næringsliv, Norway

Photo: Stian Broch Jo Nesbø
  • Crime
Reading material

Norwegian edition

English edition

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Bulgaria, Emas

Canada, Penguin Random House

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Croatia, Fokus

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Estonia, Varrak

Finland, Johnny Kniga

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Spain, Mondadori

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

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US, Knopf

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