Royals adorn ‘real’ homes nationwide

PHOTO FEATURE: So much for all the recent hype about uncluttered Norwegian design, architecturally spectacular homes in Norway, and criticism of the Norwegian monarchy. A new book offers rare insight into how Norwegians really live, and how affection for the royals through generations is reflected in homes from north to south and in between. The […]

Former minister blasts IOC, WADA

Linda Helleland had her share of confrontations with top Norwegian sports bureaucrats when she was the government minister in charge of national funding for athletics. She went on to run for president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and now she’s so indignant over how powerful men in the sports world operate that she doesn’t […]

Unusual legal threat hits Bergen theater

Bergen’s venerable national theater (Den Nationale Scene) has been threatened with a lawsuit from the mother of  author Vigdis Hjorth, over the theater’s dramatic production of Hjorth’s novel Arv og miljø (Wills and Testaments). The theater seems caught in Hjorth’s family feud over her book, with Hjorth’s mother now claiming that the play based on […]

Bestseller hits the stage, but not NRK

One of Norway’s most popular books this year, Tante Ulrikkes vei, is due to debut on the stage of Det Norske Teatret in June. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), however, has backed out of plans to also turn it into a TV series written and directed by Oscar-hopeful Iram Haq. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported that Det Norske Teatret […]

Northug prepares for new ‘after-ski’

Norway’s bad boy of skiing, Petter Northug, has been unusually humble and self-deprecating in recent weeks, as his hopes for a comeback on the ski trails melt before his very eyes. He even admitted to things looking “hopeless” over the weekend, but he’s scoring some success as an author and gearing up for a new […]

‘Book bomb’ blasts Resistance history

Norway’s famed Resistance (Hjemmefronten) forces have long been viewed as the country’s heroes of World War II, as they sabotaged Nazi German occupiers and ultimately helped drive them out. A new book, however, reveals how some key Resistance fighters knew about plans to round up Norway’s small Jewish population and literally ship them off to […]

Bestseller bound to break boundaries

Zeshan Shakar grew up in Oslo’s Stovner district and wrote a book about it that’s been winning rave reviews. Now his revealing story about two boys caught between their immigrant parents’ hopes and limitations, compounded by their own choices in the Norwegian capital, is about to be translated into English and just may strike a […]

Nature lovers meet some opposition

At the height of the annual fall hiking and hunting season, doubts are suddenly emerging about Norwegians’ alleged attachment to the great outdoors. A new book is getting rave reviews for portraying an honest and funny aversion to hiking, skiing or spending time at Norway’s iconic cabins called hytter. Proud residents of Northern Norway, meanwhile, decry […]

‘Several’ charged in attack on publisher

Norway’s state police unit Kripos has charged “several” people in connection with the attempted assassination of William Nygaard in 1993. Nygaard headed Oslo publishing firm Aschehoug at the time and the attack was tied to Nygaard’s decision to publish a Norwegian version of Salman Rushdie’s book Satanic Verses. That made Nygaard a target following a fatwa (death […]

Late author defied the literary elite

Margit Sandemo wrote nearly 200 books that sold an estimated 37 million copies, and she long ranked as one of Norway’s most popular authors. Her death last week at the age of 94 was mourned by fans in a dozen countries, some of whom scoffed at the fact she was never recognized by Norway’s literary […]