You Were so Deeply Loved

A totally absorbing and brilliant new novel from the internationally acclaimed Frobenius.

For years, Dr. Victor Ulvdal served as a respected and loved general practitioner in Oslo. He has also been a supportive, caring father for his son Emil since the boy’s mother disappeared on a mission for the Norwegian Agency for Development Aid when Emil was seven years old. At 85 Viktor is still in good shape, an independent elderly gentleman. Until the day he suffers from a stroke. He is hospitalized, and then released. A new stroke, new hospitalization, release, rehabilitation, released again, a heart attack, hospital, temporary residence in a care centre, new release.

Viktor grows weaker and weaker, more and more dependent on help, but still they keep returning him to an empty home. And the illness changes his personality. The once amiable gentleman becomes unpredictable and furious – and Emil has to weather it all, has to suffer the pain of seeing his father decay, the despair and powerlessness of being next of kin to a man who refuses to die.