Ane Barmen

Dreams Mean Nothing

Is it possible to start over if you simply move far enough away?

Louise wants to spend the summer in the city. She wants to party and go to concerts. But then she’s thrown out of her room – and when her grandmother also dies, Louise has no choice but to go home. Old friends get in touch, but Louise would rather not meet up with them. She doesn’t want to be reminded of Tormod – and the reason that she moved away.

Debut author Ane Barmen has written a beautiful, poignant and well-observed story of grief, sisterhood and irritating families – and who’s going to get hold of the beer.

Everything comes to life in the multifaceted and sensual portrayals, whether they make want to you laugh, scream, or cry.

Dag og Tid

A painful, tragic and exacting portrayal of feelings, family and about how frustrating it is to never escape one’s own mind [...] The language flows seamlessly and naturally, the dialogue is believable, and some sentences hit the reader right where it hurts the most.

Ane Barmen

Olivia Rivedal

Ane Barmen (b. 1984) is trained as an actor and musicologist, and has attended Gyldendal’s Writing Academy. She works as an actor and writer. Dreams Mean Nothing is her first novel.

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Nominated for the Brage Prize 2019

Edited November 05, 2019 by Gyldendal Agency