Norway hails rebel-author Bjørneboe

KRISTIANSAND: Norwegians are marking 100 years of their controversial author Jens Bjørneboe (1920-1976), who spent much of his brief but noisy life challenging authorities and conventions with memorable passion. Special events honouring Bjørneboe have been taking place around the country all year, culminating on October 9, which would have been Bjørneboe’s 100th birthday. Even his native […]

Royals’ integration was difficult, too

A new biography of Norway’s late King Olav V reflects how the country’s own royal family has also had to face the challenges of being immigrants expected to integrate. Olav underwent not only a name change but also grew up with a mother who didn’t speak Norwegian, isolated herself from Norwegian society and took him […]

‘Outsider king’ remains readers’ darling

Author Ingvar Ambjørnsen has been called a king of outsiders, skillfully governing his expanding world of less fortunate, downtrodden characters through a writing career that spans four decades. Now he’s back with the most successful outsider of them all: A lonely, reclusive, neurotic, opinionated, detail-obsessed fellow by the name of Elling, who now is having […]

Generations of readers hail ‘mormor’

Norwegians young and old are fondly remembering Anne-Cath Vestly, an author who pioneered children’s books from the child’s perspective and became a sort of national grandmother in the process. She would have been 100 years old this month. In numerous articles, exhibitions and a new biography, Vestly is hailed as a pioneer and innovator of […]

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 […]