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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  2,368 ratings  ·  324 reviews
TV-programleiaren Allis Hagtorn forlèt mann og jobb etter ei offentleg sexskandale og byrjar som hushjelp for Sigurd Bagge, ein mann i førtiåra. Ho skal servere han tre måltid dagleg, halde orden i hagen og elles la han vere i fred. Allis går frå å vere på alles lepper til å bli heilt anonym. Til å begynne med omfamnar Allis den nye situasjonen som ei mulegheit til å ...more
Hardcover, 1st, 208 pages
Published September 2013 by Samlaget
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Dolly I agree. It is too much work to figure out what is dialogue and what isn't, as well as which character is speaking. Maybe this lack of punctuation is…moreI agree. It is too much work to figure out what is dialogue and what isn't, as well as which character is speaking. Maybe this lack of punctuation is a result of foreign books being translated into English. ???

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Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-publisher
Guess who is finally out of her reading slump? THIS GIRL! It has been so long since I’ve read a 5 star book that I was beginning to wonder if something was wrong with me. (The one I posted earlier was read weeks ago so it doesn’t count!) When Karen at Orenda books said she was sending me some winners in the mail all the way from the UK, I knew they would be enjoyable based on my fellow bloggers reviews; I just didn’t know they would be all around stunning, absorbing, and gripping. I cannot ...more
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the dark and disturbing
Recommended to Paula by: Miriam Smith
The Bird Tribunal is not your typical Scandi Nordic thriller, but watch out, it sure is dark and disturbing.

Allis Hagtorn leaves her life to seek refuge from her past. She takes a job as a cook and gardener in a remote and isolated Norwegian fjord. She finds her employer is not what she expected. Sigurd Bagge is a brooding middle aged man who is moody and unsettling. No car. No tv. No internet. Only a rundown garden and a wine cellar. This tense psychological thriller gives you a feel of
Miriam Smith
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: orenda
The thing with the "Bird Tribunal" by Agnes Ravatn is that it is so spellbinding and mesmerising you won't be able to put it down once you start reading, I couldn't and flew through the book in a couple of days.
Hauntingly chilling, the smouldering intrigue that starts the book leaves you with no doubt that this story is going to leave a lasting impression and guarantees that you'll always remember reading it.
This brooding and character driven psychological thriller features only two characters,
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hoopla
This is a book that I have wanted to read for the longest time so I figured I would take the plunge when I saw it was available on Hoopla. I'm trying to make more of an effort of requesting less arcs and catching up on books that I've been wanting to read.

This book started out so strong. I love atmospheric and eerie and this was all that and more.

Allis is running away from her former life and takes a position as gardener and caretaker of a home run by the forty-something Sigurd Bagge. She is
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The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn is one tension-filled, atmospheric ride of a book!

What it's about: Allis has run away from her old life and job after a scandal involving one of her bosses. She ends up taking a job in a remote location doing work around the house/garden for a middle-aged man whose wife is away. But both of them are harboring a secret, and everything has to come out eventually...

The Bird Tribunal was unlike anything I have ever read before. There are no quotation marks in
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
The Bird Tribunal is one of the most unsettling books I’ve read in a long time. Following Allis and Sigurd’s progress through the book is almost like a character study. Both characters are clearly battling personal demons, and as the book unfolds it becomes much clearer why they are both so isolated in a physical and emotional sense.

Initially, Allis’s job as housekeeper and gardener keeps her busy but it does little to dispel the cold atmosphere created by Bagge in his home. When their
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TV presenter Allis Hagtorn leaves her partner and her job to take voluntary exile in a remote house on an isolated fjord. But her new job as housekeeper and gardener is not all that it seems, and her silent, surly employer, 44-year-old Sigurd Bagge, is not the old man she expected. As they await the return of his wife from her travels, their silent, uneasy encounters develop into a chilling, obsessive relationship, and it becomes clear that atonement for past sins may not be enough.

This book is
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Allis Hagtorn has left her life in the city behind, instead electing to take self imposed exile working as a housekeeper and gardener at a home on a remote and isolated fjord. She had expected to find herself in the employ of an older man, someone for whom upkeep of the property would be too much. However, Sigurd Bagge is nothing like she had expected. In his forties and of seemingly sound mind and body, she can see no reason why he should need her help. However, she is grateful of the job, ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brenda by: Chelsea Humphrey
Allis has done something so grievous that she’s run from her old life and taken a post as a housekeeper/gardener in a remote location. Her employer, Sigurd Bagge, has his own secrets. This was an atmospheric read that reminded me of Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier. There was a strong sense of foreboding, but little action. There seemed to be some symbolism with Norse mythology, but I didn't care enough to make a serious effort to suss out. The blurb calls this a “psychological thriller that builds ...more
Crime by the Book
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This taught, non-traditional suspense novel kept me immersed from start to finish. This book isn't a "whodunnit" or even a "why-have-they-done-it" - it's a haunting, trance-like story of two strangers living on an isolated fjord, and how secrets from their past come slowly to the surface. Brooding, richly atmospheric, and darkly entrancing.

Full review on CBTB:
I loved the way this story began, but then it became very SLOW and dragged to the point where I got bored with the two main characters. The lead female character was an anxious mess. The male lead character's mood swings annoyed me.

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The mythology parts went way over my head and the lack of quotation marks surrounding the dialogues frustrated me at times. The ending left me scratching my head and feeling a little disappointed. For so long there was nothing happening in this book, and then
Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
4.5 Stars. What took me so long to read this one? I love the false sense of security I had reading this one. So beautifully written. You know something is going to happen because, hello!!, this is a thriller!, but you really have to WAIT for it.

Full review to follow.
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bird Tribunal is a claustrophobic two person psychological drama from Norwegian writer, Agnes Ravatn. It has been translated into English.

We get to know Allis and Sigurd. Allis is a woman, who has ran away from a scandal and is content to live in a fairly isolated region of Norway. She is employed as a gardener and housekeeper, in spite of having little in the way of green fingers. Sigurd is her boss, a moody silent man. Over the course of the book, we get a kind of romantic relationship
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story revolves around only two characters Allis Hagtorn and Sigurd Bagge. Allis is a journalist who has recently had to leave her position and Sigurd is looking for a housekeeper and gardener, Allis decides to take the job to get away. At first she is surprised to see that her new employer is not the old man she presumed who needs her help, Sigurd is 44 years old and Allis believes his wife is away and will return at some point in time. These two characters have many secrets and little ...more
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bird Tribunal – A haunting tale

The Bird Tribunal from Norwegian writer Agnes Ravatn is a stunning introduction to the writer who has delivered a breath-taking book. This may be a short story and a winner of the English Pen award, but it delivers massive punches throughout the book for the reader and with a structured build up completely gets under your skin.

TV presenter Allis Hagtorn leaves her partner and career, she is running away from things, and decides to go in to voluntary exile as a
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I had heard amazing things about The Bird Tribunal for awhile now and while I was very eager to read it myself, I was also a bit apprehensive. I’m sure we’ve all read heavily hyped books and been disappointed by them, but I can happily say that this one deserves all of the hype and more. I’ve never read a book quite like this before, it’s hard to even put my finger on what genre I would classify this under, but I think that only adds to the
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aside from my fixation on crime fiction, my other reading pleasure comes from the lure of bijou contemporary fiction in translation, so was pretty sure that Agnes Ravatn’s compact Norwegian thriller would tick many boxes…

From the outset we are completely immersed in the suffocating claustrophobia and changes of tension that exist in the relationship between Allis Hagtorn and her new employer, the mercurial and distant Sigurd Bagge. Almost instantly I was reminded of one of my favourite books,
What a bizarre, enchanting, darkly chilling little book. I am not in the habit of quoting others' reviews in my own, but there's a blurb from crime writer Rod Reynolds on the book that says 'A masterclass in suspense and delayed terror, reading it felt like I was driving at top speed towards a cliff edge - and not once did I want to take my foot off the pedal' - and I think that sums it up better than I could.

I've had this book on my shelf for years, and I can't remember where or how I first
Liz Barnsley
Atmospheric drama beautifully written especially when it comes to descriptive sense of place. Full review to come on the blog tour.
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: BBC Radio Listeners
Recommended to Bettie by: Laura

Description: In the Norwegian writer Agnes Ravatn's haunting psychological thriller, two people, each with a secret, seek atonement for past sins. TV presenter Allis Hagtorn seeks solace in a remote house on an isolated fjord when she takes up a new job as a housekeeper and gardener. Her 44 year old employer is not what she is expecting. Sigurd Bagge is an enigmatic presence, and Allis, like a moth to a flame, finds she is simultaneously drawn to him and
This is just so wonderfully written that I don't really know what to say to get the message across. I have completely fallen in love with nynorsk lately due to the wonderful books I've been reading, but this one really drove the point home.

The story in Fugletribunalet is not very spectacular. It's as old as can be. It's Jane Eyre meets... whatever (ideas?), in a modern day, rural Norwegian setting. Anyone who has ever traveled outside the big (heh) cities of Norway knows that this country is the
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read
I have to start with saying how much I love the cover for this book. It just shouts at you that there is going to be something dark and sinister within the pages of the novel and there certainly was.

This was a relatively short read and I read it in two sittings over two evenings.

Allis and Sigurd are basically the only characters in this story. There are only fleeting moments of any mention of any other human beings when Allis goes shopping to stock up on much needed food items. With it basically
Jeremy Megraw
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Crime Fiction Lover

Allis Hagtorn is not quite sure what to expect when she shows up to work at a house on the edge of the isolated Norwegian fjords. She’s answering an ad for a live-in caregiver for the taciturn man who lives there. Sigurd Bagge is a man of few words so she’s left to wonder what is wrong with her obviously well-built new employer. Why does he needs care and just where is his wife? Her main motive in taking the job was to escape her old life, which we hear
Rachel Hall
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bird Tribunal is an astonishing achievement, both an exhilarating literary psychological thriller and a profound portrait of the obsessive love affair between two damaged souls seeking redemption. Allis Hagtorn is running from a marriage and career destroyed by her infidelity and portrayed as the harlot who has slept her way to a position in front of the television cameras. Seeking voluntary exile she can no longer live a life open to the contempt and judgement of every viewer. Ashamed of ...more
This reminded me quite a lot of a modern, Norwegian Rebecca (a sentence I never thought I would write), and it's definitely worth checking out if you enjoy psychological thrillers or want to read a book set in Norway. The protagonist, Allis, accepts a job working as a gardener and housekeeper for a man who lives on a remote fjord, and the changing landscape and seasons play a large role in the atmosphere of the book. For most of the book, it's just Allis, her employer, and nature.

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All of my reviews can be found on my blog: Fictionophile

Allis Hagtorn has done something of which she is profoundly ashamed. She seeks anonymity and a refuge where she can come to terms with her behavior and her future. She finds employment in a remote house on a Norwegian fjord. Here she will be a housekeeper/cook/gardener to Sigurd Bagge, the solitary man who calls this house home.

Her previous employment as a television presenter has not prepared her for the hard physical labor she is expected
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bird Tribunal is written by Agnes Ravatn, translated from it’s original Norwegian by Rosie Hedger and is published by the inimitable Orenda Books. I have to say, I have never read a book quite like this before. Strangely unsettling but a completely riveting read!

Allis Hagtorn is running away. Something happened which has made her ‘up sticks’ and leave everything she knows behind, including her husband and her influential job. The only way forward for Allis is to withdraw from everyday life
Renee (itsbooktalk)
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Continuing my current reading pattern of eye catching black, gray and red covers is The Bird Tribunal. A disturbingly eerie story of two strangers brought together under suspicious circumstances. When the story begins we are introduced to Allis as she arrives at the remote, isolated home of Sigurd Bagge, her new employer. She seems to have abruptly left behind her previous life to take the job as Bagge's gardener and housekeeper. Many questions surround
Would best describe this novel as a psychological mystery and a story of obsession. Allis Hagtorn has been a professional woman who leaves the big city lights after a scandal that caused the break down of her marriage. Allis finds a job as a housekeeper/gardener to the reclusive and enigmatic Sigurd Bagge on a bleak and isolated property. The relationship between them develops into obsession and well kept secrets.

For a long while this novel didn't seem to be going anywhere fast. The story is
Lucy Hay
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of ScandiNoir anyway, but I think THE BIRD TRIBUNAL may just be my favourite offering yet. With shades of Du Murier's REBECCA and Flynn's SHARP OBJECTS, this is a story that is almost fevered and dream-like, sucking you into dysfunctional POVs and morbid fantasy, that's unrelwntingly visual. the characterisation is top notch - unreliable narrator Allis is self-centered and vain, almost like a teenage girl in her whims and preoccupations, but this only endeared her to me. It's so ...more
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Elev ved Skrivekunstakademiet i årskullet 2004-2005.

Debuterte i 2007 med romanen Veke 53.