ELLING is the endearing and hilarious story of two outsiders struggling to come to terms with the real world. Recently released from a mental hospital, Elling (shy, neurotic, plagued by a wildly overactive imagination) and his best friend Kjell Barnes (big, dim, fundamentally opposed to changing his underwear) share an apartment in Oslo and quickly find themselves overwhelmed by a pregnant neighbor, their demanding caseworker, and the ringing telephone. Sweet, sarcastic, and moving all at the same time, the original Norwegian novel was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film.
One of the most critically and commercially successful contemporary Norwegian authors, INGVAR AMBJORNSEN has written 18 novels and three collections of short stories, as well as several books for children and youth. The recipient of many literary awards, including the prestigious Brage Prize (1995), he currently lives in Hamburg with his German wife and translator, Gabriele Haefs.
Publication Date: November 9, 2007
trim size: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.1