Last man on their back (Innbundet)


Arild Stavrum

Norwegian title: Siste mann på rygg
Binding: Innbundet
Year: 2023
Pages: 320
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
ISBN/EAN: 9788202728816
Kategori: Literature and Fiction
Overview Siste mann på rygg

Albert is 20 years old and works at the dock, but when he’s not working, he is practicing wrestling. All the time. He lives in a small, worn house with his mum and two younger brothers. He’s never known his father. The year is 1936. In Europe something is brewing. The dock is bustling. Most people are working with the cuttlefish, some aren’t as lucky and have to make a living making moonshine alcohol.

Albert only has one competitor in his own town: Johnny Wiik, a rich boy who’s also his boss at the dock. When they were children, they used to play together, now they fight together. Competing for a spot in the Olympic squad. And it’s not just any old Olympic Games we’re talking about, it’s the Olympic Summer Games in Berlin, where Hitler himself will be in the stands.

Arild Stavrum writes about sport and exercise, about two men on the mat, in such a way that we can smell the action, notice the muscles tensing, the bodies being thrown around, the sweat that flows, and the test of strength that costs everything.

Last Man on their Back is a different and entertaining historical novel which amongst other things poses the eternal question: Is it right for a young man to give everything he has got to what he loves, to want to become the best in the world, without any monetary profit in sight, when he has a family at home relying on him?

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Reviews Siste mann på rygg

Tidligere Brann-spiller med roman om nazister og sportsvasking 29.01.2023

«... en troverdig bok om brytesporten.»

«... byr på interessant idrettshistorie i fiktiv form»

Gro Jørstad Nilsen, BT

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Author Arild Stavrum

Arild Stavrum (1972–) is a former professional football player and football coach. He has played for Brann, Molde and Stabæk in Tippeligaen (Norwegian professional league), Helsingborg in Sweden, Aberdeen in Scotland and Besiktas in Turkey.
Former Norwegian champion, Swedish champion, top goal scorer and striker of the year in Sweden, number 2 top goal scorer in Scotland. He has also coached at top level and has the highest coaching qualification in Europe – the UEFA Pro Licence.

Stavrum now has taken a break from football to pursue a new dream: writing. Debuted with the novel 31 år på gress (2008), followed by Golden Boys in (2012), which has been translated into Danish and English. He then wrote the non-fiction book En sommer med fotball in 2013. The same year saw the publication of his first children’s book, Maradonas magi. This was followed by Maradonas mål in 2014 and Maradonas moral in April 2015.

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