An intelligent, sad but at the same time funny book.
In The Bird Dance Elling wakes up in a psychiatric institution in the same room as Kjell Bjarne. Two weird people slowly approaching each other, and a frail friendship evolve. In this book we also get the story of how Elling and his mother made a desperate attempt of having a normal vacation in the Spanish town Benidorm.
Ingvar Ambjørnsen received the Brage Prize of 1995 for this novel.
“Books rarely make me laugh, almost never, in fact – but I make an exception for Ambjørnsen because with him, there’s nothing for it but to give in. But now and then I feel like crying, because this is so sad too.
“A story that swings – from the deepest abyss to the most unbridled slapstick – and at the same time the composition is taut… a magnificent novel.”
“… a lavishly funny, tragicomic novel…”
“… impressive portrayal of an uncommon mind.”
“… a wonderful book.”
Ambjørnsen’s cuckoo’s nest
“… an intelligent book that is at once sad and funny…”
“… must be one of the best books to appear between two covers this autumn.”
AVISA TRONDHEIM ******
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