The Devils Birthday (Fleksibind)

Selected short stories

Author:

Ingvar Ambjørnsen

Norwegian title: Djevelens fødselsdag
Norwegian subtitle: Noveller i samling
Author:
Binding: Fleksibind
Year: 2016
Pages: 440
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
Originaltittel: Djevelens fødselsdag
ISBN/EAN: 9788202515287
Kategori: Literature and Fiction
Overview Djevelens fødselsdag

The selection in The Devils Birthday (Djevelens fødselsdag) show the width and originality of Ingvar Ambjørnsen´s short stories. Ambjørnsen´s short stories has by many critics been said to be some of his very best writing. This book was first published in 2006 and contain the collections Black Mother (Sorte mor, 1994), From Night to the Morning Darkness (Natt til mørk morgen, 1997) and Partially Present (Delvis til stede, 2003), as well as the title novel, The Devils Birthday. This new edition also contain a bonus track; The Red Dress.

In Ambjørnsen´s short stories the feeling of melancholy and loneliness in the authorship comes out more clearly. We also meet, maybe surprisingly, an excellent nature writer. We also find great knowledge of the human mind, with precise dialogues and portraits of the characters. In several of the texts the playful and burlesque Ambjørnsen also let himself loose.

This edition was published for Ingvar Ambjørnsens 60 year anniversary.

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Author Ingvar Ambjørnsen

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.

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