By Arne Hart
How to ski solo through the notorious Rauer Pass where blizzards are raging. How to live with junkies in a lodging house in Oslo where overdoses are raging. Norwegian junior top skier Stig Dahl does it both.
After leaving the boarding school and the ski team, Stig Dahl skies through the infamous Rauer Pass at night. In the early morning, he sneaks onto a ferry across the fjord and jumps on a freight train to Oslo.
Near the railway station, Stig meets his old ski friend Tore, who has sunken from top sports into the world of heroin. He accompanies Tore to the Ibsen Inn, a labyrinth of petty crime, lots of heavy dope and unrealistic hopes. After some days with experiences beyond all expectations, Stig, as a non-junkie, knows he better leave the Ibsen Inn.
Seija, an elegant young woman who studies history at the University of Oslo and has a well-paid weekend job in London, invites Stig home. He soon gets an intense relationship with Seija, who is very tender towards him, but he also gets involved in the secret parts of her life. When time is running out for Tore, urgently needing medical treatment abroad, they embark on a challenging action to finance it.
Traveling, Adventure, Death, Sorrow, Boarding school, Runaway, Concerned teacher, Commando, Solidarity, Wild Norwegian nature, Reindeer tracks, Blizzard, Survivor, Oslo, Junkies, Prostitution, Heroin, Failing drug policy, Medical punishment, Rape and revenge, Caring girlfriend, Age difference, Friendship, Love, Soft sex, University, Secret life, Climbing, Women’s liberation, Burglary, Beach house in Denmark.
ARNE HART is born in the Netherlands and lives in Norway.
I have worked as a physiotherapist for top athletic teams from the Netherlands, Australia and Norway, and have traveled the world with a backpack and tent, driving and living in old cars in Australia and the USA. In that way, you meet interesting and bizarre people, enough to write about, and I have sold articles and photos to magazines internationally.
At the end of the nineties, I started a soccer team for junkies in Oslo as a player-coach. I visited and supported them on the streets, under bridges and in the lodging houses and shacks where they lived.The appalling, tragic but also often hilarious experiences resulted in the books:
NORWEGIAN TRACKER in the Oslo Labyrinth
(2017, novel, English)
(2002, thematic short stories, Norwegian)
in the Oslo Labyrinth