The World I used to know: The Eighties

Ketil Bjørnstad

More than 100 000 books sold in Norway!

The third volume of Ketil Bjørnstad’s wildly successful autobiographical, literary chronicle about our recent past is about the decade of the yuppies when the rebellious ideals from the seventies vanished. Accidents, attacks and events in the author’s own life, challenges his relationship with his own body, his artistic work and the people around him.

The Cold War flare up, and during the nightmare-ish fall of 1983, the world is once again dreading an atomic war. The ideals and the worldview the author cherished throughout the seventies seem to be all gone. Deceit, lies and infidelity become key elements in a story that once again is juxtaposed to historic events, amongst them the fall of the Berlin Wall. To an even larger extent than in the first two volumes, the author discusses the moral dilemmas of the world as well as his own.

Sharp and entertaining. … the decade is skillfully portrayed by a man who lives and acts at the centre of it. Dagsavisen

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  • Verden som var min: Åttitallet
  • 2017
  • Aschehoug Forlag
  • Fiction, Novel
  • 796 pages