The Last Fox Hunt (Den siste revejakta) was Ingvar Ambjørnsen´s great break through, first published in 1983. Unvarnished and raw, with acid black humour, the story is whipped out of the big city frenzy. The story of group of outsiders where the law beyond the law is rock hard and brutal, but where there is also love and friendship. The Last Fox Hunt is intensely exciting, and so well written that it will make your cold sweat run. This novel is a cult classic for readers of all ages.
When you are neck high in shit, it is time to get out. Let it all go, find your girl and reach for the dream about a quiet life. Carl F. Vang just has to do the last, great deal - receiving a shipment in the middle of the fjord on a stormy night, deal with certain people and at the same time stay clear of his enemies. After that....
From the introduction written by Ingvar Ambjørnsen for the 30 year anniversary of the novel: I was writing all winter in a dark studio apartment in Grünerløkka - in those days a part of the city almost without any bars or other temptations. The books published at the time where, to say it in drug jargon, a total bust. The publishers being tricked by stories about girls doing shots of LSD before going to school, and so on, in that style. One step away from syringes filled with marijuana. Both the police and the media did not know the difference between hard drugs like heroin and morphine, and soft drugs like weed. Well, they seriously still don´t know. This was why I wanted to write a Norwegian novel about how things really went down, from an environment that I knew as the back of my hand.
Ingvar Ambjørnsen (b. 1956) is considered to be one of the great storytellers of contemporary Norwegian literature. Since his literary début in 1981, Ambjørnsen has written twentyfour novels and three collections of short stories, as well as essay collections and several books for children and youth. He has won a number of awards, including the Riverton Prize, the Brage Award, the Booksellers’ Award and the Riksmål Prize. His works are sold to ... countries. Many of them have been adapted into films with great success. The movie Elling, based on Ambjørnsen’s novels Fugledansen and Brødre i blodet, was nominated to an Oscar in 2001, and Elling the theatre play has appeared on stage in several theatres around Europe to great acclaim.
Ambjørnsen’s books are often characterized by powerful, realistic descriptions of the seamier side of life. The protagonists tend to be outsiders – described with sympathetic insight and warmth. Loneliness and friendship are expressed in a concise literary style. His break-through novel from 1986, Hvite niggere (White Trash), is an excellent example of this. It is a crass exposure of the plight of that unfortunate soul seeking out an existence in sub-cultures.
Still, most readers will know Ambjørnsen’s work through a quartet of novels about the odd-ball Elling. Utsikt til paradiset (A Vision of Paradise) from 1993, Fugledansen (The Chicken Dance) from 1995, Brødre i blodet (Beyond the Great Indoors) from 1996 and Elsk meg i morgen (Love Me Tomorrow) from 1999 established Ambjørnsen as one of the most widely read Norwegian authors in the past few decades, with half a million copies in print. Ambjørnsen introduced something entirely new with this quartet. The books contain less external plot, but proportionately more crazy inventiveness and absurd, gentle humour. The novels depict the loneliness of their protagonist – and the dream of friendship and romantic love. It is an entertaining, thought-provoking read. Some reviewers has called Elling “the Norwegian Forest Gump”.
Awards The Cappelen Prize 1988. The City of Hamburg Grant. The City of Lübeck Grant. The best book for Young Readers of the 1980's for Døden på Oslo S (Death in Oslo Central Station) 1991. The Brage Prize 1995 for Fugledansen (The Bird Dance). The Booksellers' Prize 1996 for Brødre i blodet (Beyond the Great Indoors). Oslo City Cultural Prize 2001. Anders Jahre's Cultural Prize 2004. The Salvation Army's Booth Prize 2004.