Solitude

“Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine.” –  Honore de Balsac Night at Hvaler, Norway August 2013 I miss my beloved one and our bookfayries Siri and Selma…

A true summer dream – Hvaler, Norway

‘Summer is the time for dreaming, and then you have to stop. But some people go on dreaming all their lives, and cannot change.” – Knut Hamsun, Dreamers For as long as I can remember and even longer I have spent every summer at the Hvaler archipelago just outside Fredrikstad in Norway. (for all photos: click to …

In the Wonderland Woods of Norway

One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire Cat in a tree. “Which road do I take?” she asked. “Where do you want to go?” was his response. “I don’t know,” Alice answered. “Then” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.” Text: Lewis Carroll, “Alice in Wonderland”, 1863. Foto: Hanne Siebers, …

Early Summer in Fredrikstad, Norway

Normally the summer in Norway deserves a speeding ticket, but not so this weekend… 🙂 “Hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea, and feel the sky let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic…” ― Van Morrison (link to youtube) “The cure for anything is saltwater – sweat, tears or the sea.” –   …

Norwegian Wood

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” – Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood (Naokos Lächeln) “But who can say what’s best? That’s why you need to grab whatever chance you have of happiness where you find it, and not worry about other people …

Literary Winter in Norway

Winter is on its way! No need to get upset about that. 🙂 A winterday up Far North can be a magic encounter with nature as here in Fredrikstad, my native city. In Norway, the main indor activity ist reading. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Norwegians read more than any other nation in the world. …

Not stealing, but letting out horses in Norway.

© Photos of young stallions at Feøya: Trond Thorvaldsen, Fredrikstad, Norway We’re in Dublin, a great opportunity for me to present a Norwegian novelist who won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2007: “Out stealing horses” by  Per Petterson Per Petterson is a trained librarian. He has worked as a bookstore clerk, translator and literary critic before …

Fish in love, Der verliebte Dorsch von Bernd Geisler

Fisch – so heißt das Tier mit Flossen dran, wir nennen ihn mal Dorsch, meistens kommt er schnell voran, durchs Wasser, flink und forsch. Manchmal ist er von der Liebe blind, dann fehlt es ihm an Grips im Haupt, er folgt der Dorsch-Frau sehr geschwind, jetzt dümmer, als der Schwarm erlaubt. So sieht er dann …