Padre Pietros Secret (Innbundet)

Series: Samson & Roberto 3


Ingvar Ambjørnsen

Norwegian title: Pater Pietros hemmelighet
Binding: Innbundet
Year: 2000
Pages: 104
Illustrator: Dybvig, Per
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
Series: Samson & Roberto
Serienummer: 3
ISBN/EAN: 9788202189495
Overview Pater Pietros hemmelighet

This is the third book about the very ugly dog Samson and the smart but ever so hungry cat Roberto. Together they run Hotel Fjord View, and this time they have both an enemy to fight and a mystery to solve.

When the very big, and to the core bad, dog Sheriff appears, arresting the mole-poet Gregor for illegal immigration and closing down the local newspaper Fjord Times, they really get their hands full. Handy-man Olli the Otter promptly constructs a secret print shop in the basement under the von Ostrich convenience store, where the journalist-rat Benny starts a underground newspaper. At the same time a new guest arrives; Mario Gastromati, Italian beaver, hairdresser and restaurant owner. He is looking for the secret recipe of Padre Pietro's elderberry lemonade, and he has reasons to think that the recipe is hidden somewhere in the area. The lemonade is said to have the most astounding effect on those who drink it. Astoundingly enough, Sheriff is overly friendly to Mario. What is he planning? And are the two of them in business together?

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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”.

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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