For the Heart and Mind in Halsa, Norway

One of the most popular Norwegian novelists, Anne Karin Elstad, was born here in Halsa in 1938. When I learned that my husband was a good friend of hers and that he directed a movie based on one of her novels, I immediately wanted to know more. 

My husband seldom talks about his past as a film director. Just that he made documentaries and some movies a long time ago, and it was nothing special. In Kragerø a year ago I learned that he made a lot of documentaries because we were invited to a gallery that presented an exhibition to honor the works of his father. And my husband also made a TV documentary about him in 1984.

Some days ago, I also discovered that my husband had written and directed a movie based on Anne Karin Elstad’s novel, “For The Days Are Evil”. My husband and I were visiting an old café by the sea when we learned that a historical school building now serves as Anne Karin Elstad’s exhibition area. It was just fifty meters walk away so we decided to visit.

Otnes, the old harbor of Halsa

Otnes, the old harbor of Halsa

 

Discovering that the Elstad exhibition closes in 20 minutes, but it’s only 50 meters walk away

Discovering that the Elstad exhibition closes in 20 minutes, but it’s only 50 meters walk away

 

The old school that serves as the home of Anne Karin Elstad’s works since 2006

The old school that serves as the home of Anne Karin Elstad’s works since 2006

A retired librarian, Ms. Elin Stokke, was on duty when we arrived. She remembered my husband. She was at the premiere of the movie and was surprised and happy to see him again. She told me about Elstad’s work and her focus on women’s situation from the beginning of the 18th century and up to her death in 2012. Anne Karin Elstad worked as a farm maid when she was young. Eventually, some good people helped her to graduate as a teacher. She worked as that many years before she became one of Norway’s dearest authors. Her novels are about women’s conditions, struggles, dreams, and aspirations.

For the heart and mind. Her novels were rooted in her own experiences and her great storytelling talent is widely embraced

For the heart and mind. Her novels are rooted in her own experiences and her great storytelling talent is widely embraced

 

Back on the school bench again; learning about a great author with deep insight into the human soul

Back on the school bench again; learning about a great author with deep insight into the human soul

 

Embracing friends in 1952 as her writing embraced women all over Norway

Embracing friends in 1952 as her writing embraced women all over Norway

 

Being single and pregnant in a religious and patriarchal society was a shame. Now, it’s still a no, no in many societies

Being single and pregnant in a religious and patriarchal society was a shame. And sad to say, this stigma is still present in many societies

 

Pictures and info about Anne Karin Elstad’s childhood in Halsa

Pictures and info about Anne Karin Elstad’s childhood in Halsa

 

Information about her two novels covering the years 1950 to 1980

Information about her two novels covering the years 1950 to 1980

 

Looking for something special

Looking for something special

 

The novel my husband made into a movie in 1991

The novel my husband made into a movie in 1991

 

For the days are evil

For the days are evil

 

The movie poster. The film was recently relaunched in a series called “Norwegian Film Pearls”

The movie poster. The film was recently relaunched in a series called “Norwegian Film Pearls”

 

Back to the old café I will blog more about later, hopefully in sunny weather

Back to the old café I will blog more about later, hopefully in sunny weather

 

Halsa takes good care of the past and embraces the future

Halsa takes good care of the past and embraces the future

Here’s an interview with Anne Karin Elstad and my husband on Norwegian TV.

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