Tor Åge Bringsværd

Release the Handle As You Turn

A warm-hearted story about friendship and love across all boundaries.
But this is also a social satire in the same tradition as Gulliver’s Travels and its Nordic counterpart, Nils Klim’s Journey to the Underworld – a burlesque narrative that shifts between different realities, interconnected by black holes through which we move from Here to There in a terrifying twinkle of an eye!
I stared at the burning currant bush. Tried to catch a glimpse of who had hidden behind it. And I couldn’t stop myself from addressing her.
- “Lady,” I said cautiously. “Excuse me for asking … but I was under the impression that the Nameless One usually materialised in briar bush and not a currant one?”
- “Too true,” the voice replied. “But can you spot any nearby briars?”
- “No,” I admitted.
- “There you are, one has to make the best of what’s at hand,” the voice said. “And in my view, the currant bush is a perfectly good option. Burns just as well, too!”
“- Blessed Lady,” Jensen said unhappily, closing his eyes and burying his snout in the grass.
“- Never mind Jeremiah. He isn’t himself these days.”
- “Is that so?” The voice sounded concerned. “Who is he now?”

Tor Åge Bringsværd

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Photo: Berit Sandberg

Tor Åge Bringsværd is an award-winning and productive prose- and playwrite who writes for all ages. His works have been translated into 23 languages, and his plays have been staged in 12 countries. He writes fiction and non-fiction for both children and adults.

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Arts Council Norway Honorary Award, 2010
The Brage Prize - Honorary Award, 2009
The Norwegian Ibsen Award, 1999
The Norwegian Academy Prize, 1999
The Dobloug Prize, 1994
The Norwegian Critics’ Prize, 1985
The Aschehoug Prize, 1979
The Riverton Prize, 1978

Edited December 19, 2017 by Cappelen Damm Agency