Hilde K. Kvalvaag: HAVE A GOOD LIFE

Hilde K. Kvalvaag                                                                                                                   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.

Have a good life is an engaging drama about a complicated relationship between mother and son. This is an existential novel about belonging and separation, about finding your place in the world. The story is inspired by Kvalvåg’s own grandfather who left the family and lived the last 30 years of his life alone in Canada.

From the reviews:  “Electrifyingly good, about people as they are.” DAG OG TID                                   «A mesmerizing novel about belonging and liberation. Sharply nuanced, Kvalvaag portrays a mother’s need for connection as her son slips from her grasp and into something that is solely his own. The author breaks down the concept of trust and writes provocatively about letting go. For a mother and son, traveling through the vast unknown, it is a story simply about taking responsibility for one’s own life.»   Anne Catherine Straume, NRK Radio P2

Hilde K. Kvalvaag (b. 1968) has written several award-winning books. Among others, she won Brageprisen for young adult novels with her book Fengsla (Imprisoned) in 2008. Several of her books in this category are translated into German.

Kristina Leganger Iversen: 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. More…

Tore Kvæven: 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.

This rich and exciting novel provides a potent, brutal and epic portrayal of a Viking expedition to central Africa;  dramatic and realistic. The novel received enthusiastic reviews: “GREAT VIKING EPOS …The novel is an impressive piece of work: well written, exciting and captivating.   5 on the dice  It is exciting, no doubt about that. The book is written in a playful poetic language. Kvæven portrays strong literary characters. Some are archetypes –brave, strong, almost invincible — others are volatile and treacherous.”  (Tom Egeland, VG)  Weekendavisen, Denmark: “Despite its scope and size the book is easy to read. The thorough research is so well integrated that the text never feels laden with information. On the contrary, the entire adventure always seems to have something in reserve, because you never know what new wild beasts are to be found beyond the next bend of the Congo River. It´s seldom that you can say, without reservation, that a book is excellent, but Harsh is the Law of my Land is just that. Read it. It is Viking adventure at its best. “

About the author

Tore Kvæven (b. 1969) is a teacher, a hunter, a traveler and a writer. The Viking novel was his début work. He has previously written a novel for children.

Translations

Rights sold to Czech, Denmark.

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…

Agnes Ravatn: THE BIRD TRIBUNAL

Agnes RavatnFugletribunalet
Published by Samlaget, 2013

TV-presenter Allis Nordavatn leaves her husband and job in the capital, following a public sex scandal. She goes into voluntary exile, with a single purpose in mind: to build herself up again as a person and professional, in order to return to her old life. A job as a housekeeper and gardener for a man who lives in a house well off the beaten track gives her the opportunity to retreat, and she looks forward to days filled with gardening, cooking and her own writing. But her employer is not an old man in need of help and care, as expected. It is Sigurd Bagge, a forty-year-old who wants her to look after his house and garden until his wife returns from her travels. He wants her to serve him three meals a day, look after the garden and apart from that, leave him in peace. 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.