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Byens Spor: Ewald og Maj

(Byens Spor #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,005 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Nytt storslått episk verk fra Lars Saabye Christensen!

Byens spor er første bind i en trilogi, og vi befinner oss på Oslo vest rett etter krigen der vi møter Ewald og Maj Kristoffersen med deres sønn Jesper. Ewald jobber i et reklamebyrå som får i oppdrag og lage kampanjen i forbindelse med Oslos 900-årsjubiléum og Maj engasjerer seg i Røde kors.

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Published 2017 by Cappelen Damm
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Ari Levine
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5, rounded slightly downwards. A gentle, immersive, and humane novel to lose oneself in over a long weekend, life-affirming but emotionally restrained. Feels almost effortless, but it's the product of subtle craftsmanship, and a wonderfully lucid translation. Christensen follows the ordinary lives of a young family and their acquaintances in a leafy middle-class neighborhood in late 1940s Oslo, a city gradually recovering from occupation and austerity, with the traumas of wartime left acknowle ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set against the backdrop of rapidly developing Oslo in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Lars Saabye Christensen Echoes of the City – translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett, who you may recognize as the translator of another Norwegian literary giant, Knausgård – follows the faiths of various residents living the Fagerborg district of the city.

Largely anchored in the slice-of-life tradition of storytelling, Christensen emphasizes the small details, bringing to the fore the interpersonal dra
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is a wonderful book, right up my street. I wondered how I would get on with it at first - so many street names, city landmarks etc in the prologue were initially offputting - but, by the end, I went back to read it again and it all fell into place in a really poignant way.

We follow the fortunes of a cast of utterly believable and engaging characters for a decade immediately after the end of WWII. I was riveted to their stories and to the story of Oslo, too, emerging from the war into peacet
Paul Fulcher
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley, 2019
“It is a national holiday. Savour the words. They feel good. Most things are national in this post-war period, before affluence grows too much and everyone has to look after themselves and not others. Most things that happen are the same and people talk about the same. That doesn’t mean you say the same.”
Tales of the City, translated excellently as ever by the wonderful Don Bartlett, and from Machelose's consistently strong list of world literature, was published in the Norwegian as Byens Spor:
Echoes of the city set in norway


What a unique read. Echoes of the city is many things – a tale of one city, a series of stories of those who live there and a snapshot of history and human emotion.

It also works extremely well as a guide book! There’s so many mentions of street names, city landmarks and statues to note moments in history etc that you could literally walk around the city with this book in your hand and discover much more than you normally would.

The characters who live at Kirkeveien
A novel of family, set in OSLO

Echoes of the City is a beautifully written and beautifully translated novel. It describes life for one family in post WW2 Oslo. The war is over, but hardship remains. Maj (the mother of the family) is the treasurer of the local branch of the Red Cross, and much of the background to the story comes from the minutiae of work they do – whose plea for food and clothing they accept, and whose they reject. Ewald (the father of the family) is a designer in an advertising
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
“On the tennis courts the nets have been taken down. A white ball lies in the shale, like a full stop after the final serve of the summer.”
“He cries. He doesn’t know why. It is that longing of which we know nothing. It is what we only sense, vague and intangible, it is what will reveal itself one day, clear and grounded in real experience.”
“He is surrounded by distance.”
“December is putting on its evening gown early.”
“Right after Schubert,” Enzo Zanetti says. “Right after Schubert’s finales
Herdis Marie
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian
Min første tanke er at jeg er glad for at dette skal bli en trilogi, for jeg er på ingen måte klar til å gi slipp hverken på byen eller karakterene.

Jeg sier "byen eller karakterene", men byen er nærmest en karakter i seg selv i Saabye Christensens nyeste verk. Byen binder sammen, og i sentrum står Ewald, Maj og Jesper Kristoffersen. Det er på Fagerborg de hører hjemme: Ewald jobber med Oslos 900-årsjubileum, Maj er frivillig i Røde Kors og Jesper sliter med å finne til rette i en forvirrende bar
Momina M.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it

"- Jeg faller. Jeg faller bakover. Noen ganger forover også. Men mest bakover.
Dr. Lund lener seg fram igjen.
- Du drømmer at du faller, ikke sant?
- Jeg faller.
- Slår du deg?
Jesper ler plutselig og sier ikke mer."
Vivi Renate Audsdotter
Nok en innertier fra Osloforfatteren - eminent bra lest av Kim Haugen.
Christian Leonard Quale
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Byens Spor is a bit of a slow burn, but once the flame catches it burns as bright as anyone could ask it to.

This isn't a story about something in particular. It's a window into post-war Oslo and the lives of some of the people living in it. We follow a handful of characters through their everyday lives. The ups the downs, the mundane, and the extraordinary.

At the start of the book, it's easy to turn against it. The amount of literary embellishments and unnecessary detail interrupting the story s
Stephanie Jane
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I've previously read one Lars Saabye Christensen novel, The Model, which I quite enjoyed, but not as much as this author's reputation made me feel I should. So I was eager to give this new Don Bartlett translation of Christensen's Echoes Of The City a try. This novel is already being called his masterpiece and I can understand why it is garnering such acclaim, although I wasn't so moved by it myself. The gently meandering story is set in Oslo
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this, such a delightful book. It opens in 1947 in post-war Oslo as Norway is emerging from wartime austerity after the German occupation. We see how the city and its inhabitants are changing and adapting to changing times. The novel centres around the Kristoffersen family, and embraces their neighbours, family, colleagues and friends as well as the wider community. The structure is unusual and very effective, as each narrative chapter is appended by notes and minutes from the me ...more
Marte (Leseverden)
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Vi får bli med til et Oslo etter krigen, og som Saabye Christensen skildrer så godt. Vi følger Ewald som har blitt syk, Maj som har engasjert seg i Røde kors og sønnen deres Jesper - som ikke er helt som andre gutter.

Boken er full av følelser, og skildrer et samfunn med karakterer i utvikling. Dette er første boken i en trilogi, og jeg gleder meg stort til å lese resten! Anbefales 💜
Julie Skattebu
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Pent, men overfladisk.
Marie  Lund Alveberg
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oslo i mitt hjerte ❤️
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Guro Hårstad
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romanar
I byrjinga syntest eg det gjekk litt treigt, at eg ikkje kom heilt innpå karakterane, at det var litt tamt. Eg klarte ikkje heilt å verte nysgjerrig på nokon andre enn Jesper. Eg venta på DEN passasjen. Det avsnittet som ein kan ringe rundt, skrive ned og sitere. Som slår deg i magen. Det kom aldri. Men dette er etterkrigstidas Oslo. Det er litt stillferdig. Nøkternt. Alle strir med sitt eige. Når eg omsider skjønte dette, vart eg med eitt veldig glad i denne romanen likevel. Og då skjønte eg pl ...more
Tom Mooney
This started out well - it's also weirdly pretty prescient, being about Oslo slowly coming back to life after the disastrous consequences of World War 2.

The writing is lovely, the detail intruiging, the characters rounded and real.

But it truly is the most plotless book I've read. Nothing happens. Which is fine for a couple hundred pages but at almost 500 it gets a bit boring.
Tiril Høie
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Echoes of the city" has everything: originality, history and culture, unique characters and mind-blowing depictions of the environment and moods and emotions covering the whole scale. It's complex, and generates philosophizing and gives room for interpretation. What´s so extraordinary about this book, is that the author has succeeded in creating a nerve in the usual.
Kristine Grønlund
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Egentlig ganske fin, men tror ikke jeg kjenner Oslo godt nok til virkelig å like denne
Søren Køhler
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: papirbøger
“Erindring er sorg. Historie er forsoning.”
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hverdagsliv i Oslo umiddelbart efter anden verdenskrig. Vi følger en middelklassefamilie og de mennesker, som familiemedlemmerne kender.
Historien fortælles indefra de forskellige personer, som fortælleren springer rundt mellem. Enkelte gange er der en slags alvidende fortæller, som ved, hvad skæbnen bliver for nogle af bipersonerne (det virker lidt pjattet på mig). Sproget er enkelt, letflydende.
Det er en ren fornøjelse at læse bogen, selvom den er lang. Jeg tror faktisk, at jeg tager de næste
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oslava města Osla ve výborném románu Lars Saabye Christensena. Na pozadí poválečných událostí rozehrává autor příběh jedné běžné rodiny a jejího okolí. Zdálo by se to fádní, ale on vystavěl skvělý příběh s mnoha zajímavými postavami, které se vám zaryjí hluboko pod kůži. Je skvělé procházet Oslem a sledovat místní hemžení. Christensen to umí s jazykem, čtenáře provádí knihou zlehka, jeho pozornost nenechá ani na chvíli utéct od příběhu. Perfektní je, jakým stylem si předávají otěže jednotlivé po ...more
Matilde Bernués
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jeg elsker bøker som enkelt beskriver livet. Lars Saabye Christensen gjør dette på et glimrende vis ved å kildre karakterene og flette historiene deres sammen på en naturlig og glatt måte. Han hopper fra å beskrive tankene til en av personene til en annen, uten at det blir rotete. I tillegg kildrer han historiene ved å legge stort fokus på hvor de finner sted, i hvilke gater eller plasser i Oslo, noe som får leseren til å føle at historiene til karaktenere har funnet sted, og ikke er oppdiktet.
Ina Klaussen
May 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
En godt skrevet bok, men litt langsom i handlingen for min del. Jeg klarte ikke helt engasjere meg for hovedpersonene, og syns det hele ble for trått. Hvert kapittel avsluttes også med et resymé fra Røde Kors sine møter, og det syns jeg ble for tamt og uinteressant. Det er visstnok to oppfølgere til denne, de har jeg ikke tenkt å lese!
Inger Strand
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fin bok i Saabye Christensenstil. Rett på bok nummer 2.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Siv Seglem
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interessant bilde av etterkrigsårene og familieliv på Fagerborg i Oslo. Arbeidet i den lokale avdelingen i Røde Kors, telefon i hjemmet, hverdagsliv og merkedager skildres gjennom familien Kristoffersen. Godt skrevet!
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘She just stands watching the two boys. They are still children, but the war, of which they remember barely anything and yet cannot forget, has cast a shadow over them that causes their childhood age to lose its meaning. They are already carrying the darkness of adulthood. They are children in camouflage.’

This book is the first in a trilogy (parts 2 and 3 have already been published in Norway) by acclaimed author Lars Saabye Christensen. Having previously read 3 of his works I was super-excited
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Lars Saabye Christensen is a gifted storyteller, a narrator who is imaginative, but equally down to earth. His realism alternates between poetic image and ingenious incident, conveyed in supple metropolitan language and slang that never smacks of the artificial or forced. His heroes possess a good deal of self-irony. Indeed, critics have drawn parallels with the black humour of Woody Allen. But be ...more

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