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When your favourite book turns into a film: Evil

Back in the good old days

The Swedish author Jan Guillou, best known for his book series The Great Century, took his own life and childhood into consideration when writing his famous piece Ondskan/ Evil.

The book deals with a young teenager Erik Ponti and his challenges with school, family, love, friends and reputation. Although it sounds like a normal teenage novel, Erik Ponti has bigger demons to fight with than the average teenager; in the beginning his father is the biggest demon and later on he himself is his own demon.

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Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.