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This is powerful stuff, but also simply brilliant… in terms of its genre, scale and content De urolige is an exceptionally ambitious project and Ullmann composes, cuts and splices the whole thing together with consummate skill … It takes a truly gifted writer to succeed with a project such as this … the result is a brilliant novel. Ullmann’s language, her ability to make everything vibrate, to render even her father’s feet on his deathbed poetic, put her in a whole other league than most other contemporary Norwegian writers.

— BRYNJULF JUNG TJØNN, VG, six out of six
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De urolige


Linn Ullmann´s national bestseller novel De urolige was published by Forlaget Oktober in Norway on November 21st 2015 to outstanding critical acclaim. For De urolige, Linn Ullmann has been nominated to the Nordic Council´s Literary Prize (Nordisk Råds Litteraturpris 2016), as well as the National Critic’s Prize (Kritikerprisen 2015), she also received the National Broadcasting’s literary prize (P2-lytternes romanpris 2015).



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Luminous and effortless … A wry and playful book, full of references to film, music and literature. And a serious work, deeply moving. Not one sentence here is without significance. And when you close it, it is of course yourself you have seen. This is one of those rare books which stays with you long afterwards.

— TORBORG IGLAND, FÆDRELANDSVENNEN, six out of six

This is powerful stuff, but also simply brilliant… in terms of its genre, scale and content De urolige is an exceptionally ambitious project and Ullmann composes, cuts and splices the whole thing together with consummate skill … It takes a truly gifted writer to succeed with a project such as this … the result is a brilliant novel. Ullmann’s language, her ability to make everything vibrate, to render even her father’s feet on his deathbed poetic, put her in a whole other league than most other contemporary Norwegian writers.

— BRYNJULF JUNG TJØNN, VG, six out of six

a powerful read … Ullmann weaves together memories and documentary material, imaginings and meditations with an exquisite lightness of touch … a moving chronicle of this extraordinary family … in the depictions of her father’s descent into old age and death her words glow like phosphorescence in dark water … Several times while reading this book I found myself thinking of Joan Didion’s fluent descriptions of her own bereavement in The Year of Magical Thinking. It would not surprise me if De urolige were also to become an international bestseller.

— MARIUS WULFSBERG, DAGBLADET, six out of six

masterly … This novel enters into a dialogue with some of the greatest names in literature. Writers like Proust and Beckett. But Ullmann herself is a writer of such calibre that she succeeds in referencing these works, not an echo chamber, but as a room for reflection … one of the very best books of the year.

— BRITA STRAND RANGNES, STAVANGER AFTENBLAD, six out of six

… one of the year’s most powerful narratives … Behind beautifully turned sentences lie complex emotions and painful experiences … This is a courageous work, constantly walking the tightrope between the exquisite and the grotesque … a moving and tender book, one which prompts the reader to look back on their own memories, remember long buried stories. And isn’t that one of the best things literature can do?

— ELLEN SOFIE LAURITZEN, AFTENPOSTEN

an utterly unique read … a fascinating story … an outstanding novel.

— STINE OKKELMO THORP, KK

[Ullmann] plays scenes, edits tightly and to a great extent leaves it up to the spectator to make up their own mind about what is presented. The resulting work is in a class of its own. Ullmann maintains her distance and her clarity of vision even in such a close and revealing portrait of her own parents … Every line is imbued with significance and great immediacy, gravity and humour going hand in hand, effortlessly and consummately.

— EVA HILDE MURVOLD, TRØNDER-AVISA

Brutal and beautiful … a tremendous read … the narrative is pared to the bone and it is this that makes it so telling … The fine balance between the universal and the quite specific renders this novel vibrant with intensity. Its author neatly avoids falling into the obvious traps facing a child writing about famous parents … De urolige is a wise and generous account of the difficult, strange, fine, harsh and intolerable things that occur within families.

— MARTA NORHEIM, NRK P2

When children set out to write about their parents the result can easily take on the form of an indictment. Ullmann dwells instead on what we never can become privy to in a way that affords interesting observations … a deft and convincing tale of memory, belonging and parenthood.

— BJØRN GABRIELSEN, DAGENS NÆRINGSLIV

I cannot remember ever reading Linn Ullmann in such sparkling and fiendishly witty form … The pages of this almost intoxicatingly well-written novel are imbued with verve and creativity, sensitivity and ruthless wit … There is daring and clear-sightedness in the writer’s reflections and recollections, with never a hint of romanticization … a bold and convincing novel.

— TURID LARSEN, DAGSAVISEN

… the best thing I have read by Linn Ullmann and one of the best books I have read this year … a scintillatingly good work of fiction. The narrative flows so smoothly that one feels it could not have been told in any other way … places and moods are captured with a unique immediacy that brands these images on the mind, there to mingle with one’s own memories.

— ANETTE ORRE, VÅRT LAND

Linn Ullmann conjures up images of her parents with bravura … The leaps in time allow Ullmann to turn memories into poetry without this encroaching too much on the delicate prose. Did certain things happen just once, or time and again? Did they carry on throughout a childhood? The language is exceedingly elegant and at times extraordinary. I am impressed by the ease with which she can abruptly change theme in the midst of a gently paced passage. Page-long sentences are steered with a lightness of touch and breath.

— SINDRE ANDERSEN, KLASSEKAMPEN

Linn Ullmann shows herself to be a writer with a profound insight into the way in which children regard presumptions as universal truths, and an eye for adults who have never learned what it means to be grown-up.

— ODD W. SURÉN, DAG OG TID

It is categorised as a novel, but poetry is never far away in this endeavour not to forget two ever-playful parents and a child who was always too grown-up. Linn Ullmann’s De urolige is perhaps mainly a book about the creative process, about literature and art. A wonderful book!

— ANNE SCHÄFFER, TARA

One of Norway’s leading authors writes wonderfully, almost magically, about her famous parents and her own upbringing.

— BRYNJULF JUNG TJØNN, VG, Best Books of the Year 2015

In these Knausgård days, who would have thought it possible for anyone to write such a perceptive, wise and objective, but at the same time tender and heart-felt story of growing up with parents like Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman? And yet that is what Linn Ullmann has done in this impressive and highly readable book.

— KNUT FALDBAKKEN, VG, Best Books of the Year 2015

Ullmann tackles a painful and delicate subject with great precision. The language and the rhythm of this book are so fine that you will want to stay immersed in it for as long as you can.

— KARIN HAUGEN, KLASSEKAMPEN, Best Books of the Year 2015

Linn Ullmann has used the taped interviews with her father, by then very close to death, as an effective outset for a novel about a childhood and a small, splintered family of individuals marked by disquiet.

— RUNA KVALSUND, KLASSEKAMPEN, Best Books of the Year 2015

Linn Ullmann’s genre-transcending novel describes the experience of growing up with two of Scandinavia’s greatest artists as one’s parents. It is beautiful, funny, extremely well-written and impossible to put down.

— ANNETTE ORRE, VÅRT LAND, Best Books of the Year 2015

The writer weaves together memories and documentary material with an exquisite lightness of touch in this moving and intimate novel about her famous parents. The descriptions of the elderly Ingmar Bergmann in particular are entertaining and touching.

— MARIUS WULFSBERG, DAGBLADET, Best Books of the Year 2015

Autobiographical novel about (surviving) life with a couple of celebrated artistic parents. Ullmann has never been better. Here she is by turns vulnerable, witty, poetic, pensive, brutal and tender. A moving and infinitely subtle piece of storytelling.

— MAYA T. DJUVE, DAGBLADET, Best Books of the Year 2015

This is quite simply a marvellous book – poetic, wry, playful and completely lacking in pretension.

— TORBORG IGLAND, FÆDRELANDSVENNEN, Best Books of the Year 2015

Exquisitely and elegantly executed tale of parents and children, with shades of the autobiographical.

— GEIR VESTAD, HAMAR ARBEIDERBLAD, Best Books of the Year 2015

Mature and sharp, both in its observations and as literature … This is absolutely her best book … There is so much love in it and enormous respect for each individual’s battle with their own life.

— ANNELI DUFVA, SVERIGES RADIO (Sweden, review of Norwegian edition)

… a lyrical tapestry of memories. Linn Ullmann’s book is, despite the pain, both a declaration of love and a literary masterpiece.

— ANNINA RABE, EXPRESSEN _(_Sweden, review of Norwegian edition)