Winner of the 2020 Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize
Winner of the 2020 Norwegian Book Bloggers’ Prize
Winner of the 2020 Ordknappen Prize
Shortlisted for the P2 Listeners’ Prize
The old sawmiller Tollak is a man of contradictions, proud and furious, righteous and tender. Cursing at the world that has long ceased to make sense to him, brimming with love for his good wife Ingeborg who went missing several years ago.
And now he is dying.
His two children rarely visit, only Oddo, or Oddo-the-half-wit as the neighbors call him, whom Tollak has looked after since his mother gave up on him, hangs around. But Tollak insists that his daughter and son return home one more time, he needs to speak out and share his secret before it is too late.
In this short novel that reads like both a great lovestory and an intense thriller, Tore Renberg has created a moving, complex and disturbing portrait of a man of yesterday’s world which somehow appear very timely and accurate today.
Ingeborg’s Tollak is one of the most widely acclaimed and best-selling Norwegian books this year, compared by the critics to works by authors like Cormac McCarthy and Tarjei Vesaas and praised as one of the most outstanding works in Renberg’s career.