So this is the day that I arrive back in Singapore. As per usual, my book hunting expeditions in Europe would be spread out in the coming weeks. Let me begin in the city where I started my European trip: Bergen!
Book Hunting in Bergen:
Norli (Galleriet) Torgallmenningen 8, 5014 Bergen
I was really looking for specific Norwegian authors when I traveled to Bergen. I tried in vain to purchase a few Gro Dahle titles online for a year now, but to no avail.
So I was a woman with a mission. Incidentally, these books also fit our current reading theme until end of August.
I am just glad that my childhood friend who hosted me and my family was kind enough to bring me to these bookstores.
I had a similar photo with this same poster last year when I first visited this Norli bookstore.
My daughter had fun seeing the translated versions of books that she is familiar with.
Naturally, we had to take a photo with these plushie toys. Plus Moomin!
Some of these titles caught my eye too. Alas, I couldn’t possibly purchase all of them:
So what did I eventually end up buying?
Den Finaste Historia by Brynjulf Jung Tjønn and Øyvind Torseter, Første dag for Amina by Paul Leer-Salvesen and Oscar Jansen. I technically bought Sigrid Undset’s first book in her trilogy before traveling to Norway, and even brought The Wreath with me as we went around:
However, since they were not selling the books individually, I just thought I better purchase the three books in one of the Kristin Lavransdatter Trilogy: (1) The Wreath, (2) The Wife, (3) The Cross. Naturally, I gifted my book one copy to my friend who hosted us:
Since I was not able to find Gro Dahle and Svein Nyhus titles in this first Norli bookstore, my friend brought me to this branch:
Norli (Lagunen Storsenter) Laguneveien 1, 5239 Rådal
It is here I hit the jackpot, and found so many Gro Dahle titles that I nearly hyperventilated. I did not hold back this time around and bought these:
Blekkspruten, Sinna Mann, Snill, Roy, and Akvarium – all written and illustrated by the amazing author and illustrator tandem Gro Dahle and Svein Nyhus. I am so excited to share these titles during my professional development workshops and in my teaching.
Our Norwegian host, the husband of my childhood friend, also translated a few of these dark and disturbing picturebooks after we’ve had reindeer stew for dinner and ended our evening with some ice cream. He also shared this book by Alf Prøysen with me, definitely worth checking out.
With our Viking host, in front of their gorgeous place in Bergen.