Ingvar Ambjørnsen

Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers is a bitter-sweet story of faltering friendships, bacon and cream-sauce, cabin-sex and sauerkraut-poetry. Elling is busy getting closer to reality from his new base, a council flat in Kirkeveien. Kjell Bjarne, a simple everyday apostle, is by his side. Life is terrifying, but endurable in small portions. And when Reidun Nordsletten arrives on the scene, pregnant, and with a heart of gold, these frightened boys give it their all, and some.
This is the third book in the ‘Elling' series. Ingvar Ambjørsen was awarded the Norwegian Booksellers Award in 1996 for this book.

“This is high-class writing.”


“…a portrait that will endure as one of the most fascinating and original in Norwegian literature.”


“A sad yet cheery book, sometimes tremendously funny and written with deep human understanding.”


“… a portrait that will endure as one of the most fascinating and original in Norwegian literature… and just to be clear: anybody who missed out on the first two Elling books can safely go straight to the third. It stands rock-solid on its own two covers.”


Elling makes a strong comeback
“Blood brothers is first and foremost (like its two predecessors) a fine portrayal of a special psyche. The book is extremely well written and readable…”

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Ingvar Ambjørnsen

Originalrgb portrett   kvadratisk ingvar ambjørnsen
Photo Credit: Marie Sjøvold

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 twenty four 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 a great number of countries. Many of them have been adapted into films with great success. The movie Elling, based on Ambjørnsen’s novels ‘The Bird Dance’ and ‘Blood Brothers’, was nominated to an Oscar in 2001, and Elling the theatre play has appeared on stage in several theatres around Europe to great acclaim

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Edited October 30, 2020 by Cappelen Damm Agency