The Border

A journey around Russia

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Welcome to a concert performance based on the successful book by Erika Fatland’s – narrated by the author herself.

Did you know that Russia borders 14 countries? The critically acclaimed and award-winning author Erika Fatland has visited all of them and investigated what it’s like to have such a big brother.

In this performance of The Border (Grensen), we join her on her journey with the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and its Artistic Director Henning Kraggerud. We will also meet actors in the roles of people Fatland met on her journey; people who feel the neighbourly relations with Russia every single day.

“The Border is like a Kinder Surprise, a travelogue, a history book and a biography of people we usually don’t hear much about, but who we get closer to through Fatland’s odyssey which lasted many months,” wrote reviewer Jan-Erik Smilden from the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet about the book.

After numerous concert performances featuring major Norwegian authors, we continue the successful concept this year with Erika Fatland.

Fatland was named by Literary Europe Live as one of the 10 most interesting New Voices from Europe, and by Morgenbladet as one of Norway’s top 10 authors under 35. She is from Ølen in Rogaland, but after studying in Lyon, Helsinki, Copenhagen and Oslo, the social anthropologist and the author now lives in the Norwegian capital and has written several books during the past decade.

Fatland conducted the field work for her master’s thesis in Beslan in North Ossetia in 2007, interviewing survivors, victims’ relatives, teachers and government officials about the Besland school siege at School Number One in 2004.

Erika Fatland was a research fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in 2008-09. Her debut as an author came in 2009 with the children’s book, The Parent War (Foreldrekrigen), a humorous book about divorce. Her book on the tragedy of Beslan, The Village of Angels (Englebyen. Fortellinger fra Beslan) in 2011 was nominated for the Brage Prize.

Later she wrote The Year without Summer (Året uten sommer) about Norway’s tragedy on 22 July 2011, which has been published in several countries, including Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany. This was followed by the travelogue Sovietistan (Sovjetistan) for which she received The Norwegian Bookseller’s Non-Fiction Prize 2015. In 2016, she was awarded the Wessel Prize for Sovietistan, which has so far been sold to 12 countries.