Lars Ramslie

The Mountain, the Gun, the Lake (The Illuminated Border of Memory)

Fjellet, geværet, vannet (Minnets lysende grense)

It’s the summer of 1983. For once, nine-year-old Lars spends the holidays with his father, who left the family years earlier and who has led a messy, self-destructive existence ever since. They have travelled to the farm on the west coast, where his father grew up – the farm that his father lost when he was disinherited. One day Lars’ father tells him that they’re going up in the mountains, without saying why or where. They walk without water and have very little food, but each of them carries a gun. Several times the father disappears, before appearing again. Frightened, tired and confused, the boy is unable to understand what’s going on. Is it a test? Or is his father trying to teach him something?

With great tenderness, Ramslie portrays a father who is lost in his role as a father, and a boy trying to find out who he will be. It’s a dark, mesmerizing story of love and attachment in the most precarious of circumstances.

Winner of the 2023 Oktober Prize
Nominated for the 2023 Brage Prize

Ramslie fjellet, geværet

‘Ramslie has finally reached the eye of the hurricane … a stunningly talented, deeply moving work, as truly weighty books should be.’

Dagbladet, 6 of 6 stars

‘(…) an intensity that takes your breath away. A large part of the story is about a hike towards a mountain top, through forests and marshes – and if you’re not sweaty before surrendering to this description, you will certainly be. (…) perhaps the most heart-wrenching story of love and betrayal I have ever read.’

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Photo: Hugo Ryvik

Lars Ramslie (born 1974) is one of the most distinctive and unique voices in Norwegian contemporary literature. He made his debut in 1997 with the novel Biopsy, for which he was awarded the Tarjei Vesaas First Book Prize. In 2004 Ramslie was voted one of Norway’s 10 best writers under 35 by the Norwegian Festival of Literature and Morgenbladet. His books have been translated into English, Russian and Finnish. The Mountain, the Gun, the Lake is his seventh novel.