The World I Used to Know: The Seventies

Ketil Bjørnstad

More than 100 000 books sold in Norway!

Nominated to The Norwegian Bookseller’s Prize

In book two of a planned total of six volumes, Ketil Bjørnstad follows up the tremendous success of The Sixties writing his own life story juxtaposed to the histories and history of the various decades of his life.

The Seventies is a novel about learning and letting go, about friendships and falling in love, about belonging and deceit.

Searching for the new and radical, young Ketil forms an close friendship with the artist Ole Paus, five years his senior, who encourages the classically trained pianist to open up towards literature, jazz and rock. Political tensions harden through the EEC-referendum, and Norway is no longer unharmed by terror.

Vivid descriptions that gives the reader both new experiences and – for many – stir up memories. Thereby, this work of literature has qualities that makes us realize that this is far more than just the authors world. Tønsberg Blad, Six out of six stars

Truly an adventrous literary journey, well written, full of charm and warmth. VG 

Lives up to and exceeds the expectations Adresseavisen.

Bjørnstads gigantic work about our world, with his own life as a starting point, proves itself ever stronger. Dagbladet


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  • Verden som var min: Syttitallet
  • 2016
  • Aschehoug Forlag
  • Fiction, Novel
  • 794 pages