The River

Ketil Bjørnstad

Aksel Vinding is struggling to accept the loss of his true love, Anja Skoog. After her death he is unsure if his career as a pianist, which he has put his life into is really the right choice. In this situation he commences a relationship with Anja Skoog’s mother Marianne, without knowing if it is really the dead daughter he can not let go.
The River is the sequel to To Music. It is a love story about a young man’s connections to – and fascination for – a woman who is many years his older, and at the same time a novel about the choice of paths in life and moral dilemmas. It is a story about the importance of art in humans, the struggle to be seen, in one’s own life and in others. A novel about passion and grief.

The first novel about Aksel Vinding – To Music – has been translated to several languages and received with high appraisal, especially in Denmark, Germany and France.

Rights sold to

  • Language Foreign publisher
  • DanishCicero
  • EstonianOÜ NyNorden
  • FrenchJC Lattès
  • GermanSuhrkamp Verlag
  • GreekPolis Publishers
  • RussianKompasGid

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Additional info

  • Elven
  • 2007
  • Aschehoug Forlag
  • Fiction, Novel
  • 460 pages