Niels Fredrik Dahl

Mother by Night

I was certain I would one day tell my father’s story; the one of his cold and adventurous childhood. But that’s not what happened. The story I thought was mine, in fact was not. The story I rejected, turned out to be.

Several years after his mother’s death, he finally opens her journal. The one she kept when he was a child. She called it her night book, and passed it on to him in her old age. Do whatever you want with it, she said, read it or don’t bother. He reluctantly accepted it. He had long before shut her out of his world.
Mother by Night is a portrait of a woman, and a deeply personal novel about two people who live a life together without ever getting to know one another. Niels Fredrik Dahl explores depression, inheritance and loneliness in this brilliant depiction of childhood, family, and addiction. But Mother by Night is also a tale of love. Love shattered, and put back together.

Niels Fredrik Dahl

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Niels Fredrik Dahl (b. 1957). A Norwegian novelist, lyricist and dramatist. Niels Fredrik Dahl was awarded the Brage Prize in 2002 for Visiting a Friend (2202). He has also written scripts for TV series.

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Other titles

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Vi har aldri vært her før, 2012
Herre, 2009
Henrik og Emilie, 2006
I fjor sommer, 2003
På vei til en venn, 2002
1997 Journalisten

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2002 The Brage Prize for Visiting a Friend
2002 The Ibsen Award

Edited August 14, 2018 by Hedlund Literary Agency