Nils Henrik Smith: FIRE IN YOUR HEART

Cover of 'Fire in Your Heart'Se ilden lyse over jord
Published by Samlaget 2014

A story about man’s self-examination, torn between feelings of shame, regret and longing for love.

A sixty-year-old man wakes up in a hotel room. He has been dreaming about the men’s cross-country skiing relay at the Olympic Games in Lillehammer in 1994, which was closely linked to a dramatic event in his own life. In the winter of 1994, the same day as the relay took place, he lost his eldest son. Later he became divorced.

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OLAV H. HAUGE – poems

Cover of 'Olav H. Hauge Vakraste Dikt'Poetry that opens luminous spaces by a World-Class poet

Olav H. Hauge (1908 – 1994) was born in Ulvik, the fjordside village where he spent almost his entire life. While his mother Katrina had deep roots in Ulvik, his father Håkon came from Sogn, several mountain ranges and one fjord farther north.

The young schoolboy became good friends with the town librarian, who guided him to the classics of national and world literatures. He would sneak away from farm chores, climbing a nearby pine tree to immerse himself in worlds opened up by the printed word. He learned English and German in school; his uncle sent him books from America. And Hauge, a master autodidact, taught himself French just by reading.

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Hilde K. Kvalvaag: HAVE A GOOD LIFE

Lev vel, alle
Published by Samlaget, 2015

Reluctantly, 16-year-old Knut goes on a trip to Canada with his mother Gunhild. The plan is to follow the footsteps of his great-grandfather who left his wife and six children in Norway, never to return. Knut has dropped out of school after a serious act of violence against his best mate. His mother’s aim is to make this trip into turning point. Moreover, she also has an urge to get away. The journey takes them into the great Canadian wilderness where nothing turns out t to be as they have planned or imagined.

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Kristina Leganger Iversen: IN THE RINGS

Cover of 'In the Rings'I ringane
Published by Samlaget, 2015

A disturbing, erotic and explosive novel

Jo lies on her bathroom floor undergoing a chemical abortion. How did it come to this? How could love transform itself into something so painful and impossible to offer ever again? Through fragmented images from her childhood and adult life, we see the way in which Jo reluctantly grows into a woman who feels her life ebb away from her.

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Tore Kvæven: HARSH IS THE LAW OF MY LAND

Cover of 'Harsh is the Law of my Land'Hard er mitt lands lov
Published by Samlaget, 2011

1010 AD. The Norwegian Viking ship, Sea Wolverine, is moored in Rome doing trade, following a sea voyage along the Spanish coast. Ulfr, an unknown Greenlander, comes aboard and challenges the chieftain of the ship. A bitter sword fight takes place and the stranger stands victorious. The crew wants to avenge their chieftain, but Ulfr appeases them by telling about a Phoenician trade route into the heart of Africa. The men are tempted by untold riches. Ulfr is given a task and proves to be a fierce warrior. He becomes the ship’s new chieftain and the Sea Wolverine leaves the Mediterranean and sets sail south down the endless coastline of Africa. They find the river they are seeking and as they go up her waters, they enter a new and strange world, where unfamiliar creatures, both animal and human, await them. It transpires that Ulfr is not who he said he was, and that the men have no idea what they have let themselves in for. Unexpected confrontations and betrayal lie in store for the survivors.

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Jan Roar Leikvoll: THE PREACHER

Forkynnaren
Published by Samlaget, 2015

When Jan Roar Leikvoll died in 2014, he left behind several manuscripts. One of these was The Preacher (Forkynnaren). Here we meet an old man called Hans who suddenly wakes up one day after a long spell of illness, convinced that he has a personal calling. Without knowing what lies ahead, he leaves his farm and rows his boat across the fjord, never to return. On his journey he takes on passengers who tell him about their longings and their life stories. The Preacher is a beautiful little narrative about loss, consolation and reconciliation. More…

Lars Mæhle: LINNÉ’S GRIM LESSON

Linnés dystre lærdom
Published by Samlaget, 2014

A new book in the series about the hard-hitting psychologist Ina Grieg. An invitation to a class reunion revives one of Ina Grieg’s repressed nightmares. When she was young, a 14 years old girl, Sonia Lerdahl, mysteriously disappeared from the small town where they lived. Sonia was in the same class as Ina, and she was a victim of bullying. In retrospect, Ina reproaches herself for not having intervened against the bullying. More…

Erlend Flornes Skaret: NOMAD

Nomade
Published by Samlaget, 2016

A road novel about the highways and byways of existence.

Struck by the absurdity of it all, a man resigns from his job and buys a car. He drives south without a plan. He tries to free himself from daily life by constantly moving. But this nomadic lifestyle is challenged, raising the question: how long is it possible to keep running?

From the teeming street life of Tangier, via a research project about the special ivy found on Ånuglo, to the busy motorways of Europe, Skaret roams restlessly with the reader through a landscape of thoughts and physical geography.

Nomad is full of precise observations, absurd events and thought-provoking musings.

About the author

Erlend Flornes Skaret (b. 1976) is a civil engineer by trade. His first novel, Wrocław, was published in 2011, and was followed by Lucida in 2013.