Helvete (Innbundet)

Author:

Erlend Loe

Norwegian title: Helvete
Author:
Binding: Innbundet
Year: 2019
Pages: 136
Illustrator: Hiorthøy, Kim
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
ISBN/EAN: 9788202639877
Overview Helvete

Newly divorced Rakel has moved from her villa into a smaller town house. Her children are there every other week.

The weeks she has on her own she has plenty of time. One day she decides to take on her small patch of garden with the rusty shovel she finds in the old shed. Just as she starts digging, she stumbles upon a doorway that happens to lead straight to Hell.

This journey to the heart of darkness comes with typical Erlend Loe absurdism and lots of dark humour.

Illustrated by Kim Hiorthøy.

Yours truly had the greatest of times with this book! Loe does not make a batter bigger than what he can beat, but what hell of a cake he is baking! The naïve lines in the illustrations by Kim Hiorthøy suits this absurd and delightful novel that also has a very surprising end.
ADRESSEAVISEN ******

Loe is witty and satirical. Childish and wise at the same time. He messes around with stereotypes, standardized language and human weaknesses. Hell can be read as an allegory of life and what happens in the tension between the highs and the (cellar) lows. The book touches the modern feeling of vigour and doubt. Even the Devil - who´s sister is God, who has become so hard to handle that she is "the main problem for evil" - trembles and longs. He is "full of longing" and doubting the whole system. Quite human. Maybe that is why it is so easy to like the novels by Loe. They are fun stories about doubt, weak moments, crisis and contra productive life strategies. The are about life, a topic that matters to most of us.
DAGBLADET *****


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Reviews from Helvete

Storsjarmør i helvete 18.06.2019

«[...] elegant illustrerte kortromanen om helvetes ståk og styr [...]»
 
Steinar Syvertsen, Stavanger Afteblad
«[...] humrefaktoren er høy nok til at den er verdt de få timene det tar å lese denne lille boken, naivistisk illustrert av Kim Hiorthøy.»
 
Sindre Hovdenakk, VG
«Loe er verbalt vittig og satirisk. Barnslig og litt vis på samme tid. Han tøyser med stereotypier, standardiserte språklige vendinger og menneskelige svakheter.[...]...«Helvete» kan leses som en allegori over livet som skjer i spennet mellom topper og kjellerdyp. Boka pirker borti den moderne livsfølelsen og tvilen. Selv djevelen, hvis søster er Gud og så vanskelig at hun er blitt «det ondes problem», vakler og lengter. Han er «full av sakn» og trekker «hele systemet i tvil». Nokså menneskelig. Kanskje er det derfor det er så lett å like Loes romaner. De er gøyale fortellinger om tvil, svake øyeblikk, kriser og kontraproduktive livsstrategier. De handler om livet, som jo går inn på de fleste.»
 
Maja Troberg Djuve, Dagbladet
«...undertegnede har hatt en feststund uten like. Loe er en humorist som uten tvil er på høyde med Kjell Aukrust, som i den elleville alvdalstrilogien hans; “Simen”, “Bror min” og “Bonden”. Loe slår ikke opp en deig større enn han kan elte, men for et helvetes skuebrød det har blitt da, gitt! Kim Hiorthøys naive streker kler absolutt denne absurde og herlige romanen, som får en overraskende slutt.»
 
Stein Roll, Adresseavisen

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Author Erlend Loe

Erlend Loe was born in 1969 in Trondheim, Norway. He studied folklore, film studies, and literature before becoming one of the most beloved and popular authors in Norway. He made his debut with the novel Captured by the Woman (Tatt av kvinnen) in 1993, a novel he received raving reviews for. In 1996 came Naiv. Super, his big break through in Norway as well as abroad, and has been called the novel of his generation. His novel Doppler, which came out in 2004, has been critically acclaimed for it´s depiction of the modern man, and The Guardian named it Book of the year. He is a productive author, and publishes books both for adults and children. His books about Kurt have been a huge success, and has also been turned into an animated film.
Erlend Loes books have been published in thirty-nine countries so far.

He lives in Oslo with his wife and three sons, and enjoy biking.

Awards:

  • Ministry of Cultural Affairs Prize for The Big Red Dog (Den store røde hunden), children's picture book, 1996. Illustrated by Kim Hiorthøy.
  • The Cappelen Award 1997
  • The Critics' Prize for Kurt Quo Vadis?, illustrated children’s novel, 1998 children’s book.
  • The Booksellers' Prize 1999 for L (L).
  • The Aschehoug Prize 2003
  • The French Prix Européen des Jeunes Lecteurs 2006 for Naïve.Super. (Naiv.Super).
  • The French Tam-tam Prize for The Fish (Fisken) 2006, children’s book.
  • De Grote Jongerenliteratuur Prijs (The Netherlands) 2010 for Muleum.

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