In order to finish his novel, the main character in Monomania, Sami, had to disappear. He broke free and isolated himself in a world where no one had access. Not even Sarah, the person that was closer to him than anyone had ever been before.
Monomania is the letter Sami wrote to Sarah when he finally finished. It is one long apology and a touching declaration of love. But it is also the story of what really happened and why he had to leave everything behind.
Monomania is about writing conditions: the discipline and self-imposed punishment, loneliness, doubt, and the passion that makes the writer Sami continue, even though everything around him collapses.
Monomania has the same linguistic brilliance and drastic humor as Sami Said’s debut Hardly Ever Nice, but also displays a deeper sincerity. Writing is a matter of life and death. But what if the stakes for love are just as high—is it too late?
”Said now proves that he is not a single book phenomenon, but one of the most talented among his contemporaries.”
"It's one of those books that you read little fragments from out loud to the people around you now and then, because you are delighted by the accurate observations. Sami Said stays close to his protagonist and conjures through his voice up the image of a world where the wind blows pretty cold ... It's a flowing text that sucks you in."
”Creative anxiety, alienation and a quiet intense passion, rendered with humor, darkness, and linguistic virtuosity."
"Sami Said owns a theme and a voice that makes him a writer to be reckoned with."
"Sami Said’s approach is informal, beguiling and funny ... It's usually very tedious to read about writing problems, a hopelessly pretentious genre. But Sami Said takes a new turn in this little book and twists it all up into something absurd, which oddly enough feels completely genuine.”