Photo: Tore Renberg (foto: André Løyning). Per Petterson (foto: Cato Lein)

Two Norwegian authors on the 2016 longlist for the International Dublin Literary Award

Last updated: 09.11.2015 // Tore Renberg's See You Tomorrow and Per Petterson's I refuse on longlist for International Dublin Literary Award 2016. The Award is presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English. The winner will be announced in June in Dublin.

Information about the authors and books (from Dublin Literary Award):

Tore Renberg

Tore Renberg is a multi-award-winning author, literary critic and TV host for the Norwegian Broadcsating Corporation. He first achieved major success at the age of 23, with the short-story collection Sleeping Triangle and then the novel The Man Who Loved Yngve, which was made into a major motion picture. In addition to his work as an essayist and novelist, Tore has played in several bands, and written for the screen and the theatre. His work has been translated into 15 languages.

See You Tomorrow

Pål has a shameful secret that has dragged him into huge debt, much bigger than he can ever hope to repay on his modest civil servant salary. He desperately doesn’t want anybody to find out – especially not his teenage daughters or his ex-wife. It’s time to get creative.

Sixteen-year-old Sandra also has a secret. She is in love with the impossibly charming delinquent Daniel William, a love so strong and pure that nothing can come in its way. Not her concerned parents, not Jesus, and certainly not some other girl.

Cecilie carries the biggest secret of them all, a baby growing inside her. She can only hope that her boyfriend Rudi is the child’s father. But although she loves him intensely, she feels trapped in their small-time criminal existence and dreams of an escape from it all.

Over three fateful September days, these lives cross in a whirlwind of brutality, laughter, tragedy and love that will change them forever. Tore Renberg has written a fast-paced, moving and darkly funny page-turner about people who are trying to fill the holes in their lives.

(from publisher)


Per Petterson

Per Petterson was born in Oslo in 1952 and worked for several years as an unskilled labourer and a bookseller. He made his literary breakthrough in 2003 with the prizewinning novel Out Stealing Horses, which has been published in forty-nine languages and won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

I Refuse

I refuse to compromise.

I refuse to forgive.

I refuse to forget.

‘Tommy. How long have we been friends.’

‘All of our lives,’ Tommy said.

‘I can’t remember us ever not being friends. When would that have been.’ Jim said. ‘I think it could last the rest of our lives,’ he said carefully, in a low voice. ‘Don’t you think.’

‘It will last if we want it to. It depends on us. We can be friends for as long as we want to.’

Tommy’s mother has gone. She walked out into the snow one night, leaving him and his sisters with their violent father. Without his best friend Jim, Tommy would be in trouble. But Jim has challenges of his own which will disrupt their precious friendship.

(from publisher)