Love me tomorrow (Heftet)

Elling book 4

Series: Elling 4


Ingvar Ambjørnsen

Norwegian title: Elsk meg i morgen
Binding: Heftet
Year: 2017
Pages: 240
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
Series: Elling
Serienummer: 4
ISBN/EAN: 9788202512279
Kategori: Literature and Fiction
Overview Elsk meg i morgen

Love me Tomorrow is both tender-hearted and dark; a humoristic novel about loves ability to change us. At least in theory.

In the fourth book about Elling, he once again has trouble with reality. But now he is looking for love. The focus of his attention is supposedly named Elise. She works in a hot dog stand and love to read books about UFO-phenomenon. Kjell Bjarne, Ellings estranged friend, knows very little about UFO´s but a lot about women. He is now a responsible stepfather, living with Reidun, and has a job as a bottle sorter. Elling on the other hand has let things slide for a while. But now that Elise is in the picture, Kjell Bjarne might get back in his good favour again. A suitor needs all the backing he can get.

Ingvar Ambjørnsen won the Riksmålsprisen Award for this book in 1999.


“Absolutely on par with the first three”, “screamingly funny – with serious undertones.”


“I insist that this is significant literature.”


“This is strong stuff.”


A new hit for Ambjørnsen

“Ambjørnsen surprises once more; Ambjørnsen is a significant author. Love me tomorrow is a gloomier tale than its predecessors. From early in the plot, the reader is drawn into dark premonitions… It is the use of contrasting underlays of grief and pain that enables Ambjørnsen to create great comedy.”


Screamingly funny – with serious undertones.

“It so happened that I was high above the Skagerrak when Elling stepped into my life for the fourth time. Perhaps that wasn’t the smartest choice of location for our rendezvous. When, with no apparent provocation, a passenger starts to shake and laugh so hard that beer glasses and coffee cups end up on the floor, it quite reasonably attracts a certain amount of attention from their fellow-travellers. Well, I’ll just have to live with that, and deep down I think I’m a lucky person to be able to sit on a plane working and having such fun that I lose track of both time and place. Because Ambjørnsen has done it again. It’s impossible to fathom what that man can wring out of just one person and one central idea. There’s nothing for it but to give in and declare that Love me tomorrow is absolutely on a par with the first three Elling books.”


“A new hit about strange, crazy, loveable, lonely Elling… It’s far from unlikely that these books will endure as central works in Norwegian fiction of the 1990s.”


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Reviews Elsk meg i morgen

"Dette er sterkt gjort."

Ole Jacob Hel, Adresseavisen

"Jeg insisterer på at dette er betydelig litteratur."

Leif Ekle, NRK P2 Kulturnytt

"fullt på høyde med de tre første" "hylende morsom - med alvorlig undertone"

Øystein Rottem, Dagbladet

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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 a great number of novels, collections of short stories as well as essay collections, and several books for children and young readers.

Over the span of his career, he has won numerous awards, including the Riverton Prize, the Brage Prize for Best Fiction, the Norwegian Booksellers’ Award and the Aschehoug Prize. Ingvar Ambjørnsen has been published in 30 countries. Several of his novels have successful films and theatre adaptions. The movie Elling, based on Ambjørnsen’s novels The Chicken Dance and Beyond the Great Indoors, was nominated to an Oscar in 2001. - The play Elling has appeared on stage in 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, White Trash (Hvite niggere), 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. A Vision of Paradise (Utsikt til paradiset) from 1993, The Chicken Dance (Fugledansen) from 1995, Beyond the Great Indoors (Brødre i blodet) from 1996 and Love Me Tomorrow (Elsk meg i morgen) from 1999 established Ambjørnsen as one of the most widely read Norwegian authors in the past few decades, with over half a million copies in print. Elling also made a popular come back with the books Echo of a Friend (Ekko av en venn) in 2019 and Yoko Ono is a Charlatan (Yoko Ono er en sjarlatan) in 2020.

Ambjørnsen introduced something entirely new with his books about Elling. 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. The books are entertaining, thought-provoking reads. Some reviewers has called Elling “the Norwegian Forest Gump”.

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 Death in Oslo Central Station (Døden på Oslo S) 1991.
The Brage Prize 1995 for The Bird Dance (Fugledansen).
The Booksellers' Prize 1996 for Beyond the Great Indoors (Brødre i blodet).
Oslo City Cultural Prize 2001.
Anders Jahre's Cultural Prize 2004.
The Salvation Army's Booth Prize 2004.
The Willy Brandt-Prize 2012.
The Aschehoug Prize 2023.
The Honorary Brage Prize 2023.

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