Bjørn Arild Ersland
Original title: Hårfagre
Publisher: Pelikanen forlag, 2017
Pages: 150 pages
Kristian has lived all of his 48 years with his mother and father, in an apartment in Frogner, Oslo. Now he has taken leave from his teacher’s job in order to care for his ailing father. This is the last Christmas, and behind the rollator they go slowly over memories of the years when his mother was alive.
One of their common interests is the Vikings, and how they were used for street names in Oslo. Kristian believes he lives in a Viking landscape, and together they dream about finding the Iron Age trail to Hafrsfjord and Harald Fairhair’s kingdom.
With his new novel Fairhair, Ersland has succeeded in creating another lovable character who we will embrace and cheer. At the same time, we see the contours of a life not realized.
Fairhair is a moving and compelling book about loving your parents, to the point of self-destruction.