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Eivind Hofstad Evjemois a Norwegian writer born in Levanger, now living in Oslo. His work includes
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We Welcome You









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How to grieve in the shadow of anational grief? In We WelcomeYou meet Arild and Sella,who each in their own way are coming to terms with having lost a son in a ferryaccident. That was eight years ago, but after 22nd July 2011 their grief isreawakened. 

This is a novel about the people onthe fringes of the national catastrophe who are still drawn into its emotionalundercurrent. It is also a love story about two people compelled to make thechoices which keep them alive.

Evjemo’s writing is brilliant,unpretentious, precise and nuanced. He describes the space between people. Thedistance. The silent sorrow. The loneliness. The despair. And he has the uniqueability to do this subtly, using props with which we are all familiar ... Buthe also writes about love, unity and a sense of belonging. It's real. It’simportant. And it is penned by an author who would appear to be one of the bestthat Norwegian contemporary literature has to offer.’


‘Everything that was unclear orcompletely overlooked before is suddenly laid out. Details that you didn’tnotice before suddenly become not only visible, but charged with meaning ... Hehas a unique way of looking at the everyday occurrences, practical details andpast events that dominate our lives.’

Velkommen til oss doesn’thave any dramatic twists and turns, clichés or caricatures. This is anunassuming novel about loss and grief, and a novel which could easily be readmore than once.’

‘One seldom encounters such accomplished writing. Every sentence vibrateswith aesthetic delight and existential solemnity.’

‘Evjemo has made several successfulattempts to counteract everyday triviality with compositional originality. Hewrites lyrical, thoughtful passages and allows his characters to enter amonastery or be part of a tragicomic amateur theatre production without givinginto the temptation to make fun.’

‘The sorrow is well presented from aclever perspective, and there is not a line too many.’

‘I am a great admirer of Evjemo’s empathetic and cinematic bird’s-eye viewand I hope that he goes on to write many more books.’

‘... a considerate and precautionary depiction of people burdened bysorrow, a sorrow that, if it does not completely paralyse them, will change theway in which they relate to each other and themselves. Based on the traumaticevents of 22 July on Utøya and in the centre of Oslo, Hofstad Evjemo paints agentle and sensitive picture of what the trauma that we all feel to varyingdegrees has done to a few individuals and families – those closest to thevictims. He does this indirectly and with the greatest discretion.’

‘... Evjemo is careful with such opportunities, and the result is a sobertext, cleverly written in pure style by an author who is able to put themselvesin someone else’s shoes and see things from their usually so inaccessibleperspective, and he is successful in this without resorting to shortcuts,constructions or flirting with the reader.’