The Man who loved Yngve
by Stian Kristiansen
The Norwegian town of Stavanger is nice but it’s a bit of a monotonous place to live in, and the revolutionary end of the 1980s only reaches it through the television screen. For seventeen-year-old Jarle, the sole escape from the grey tedium is through the music of new wave bands, under the influence of which he and his friends form “the most hardcore punk band in Stavanger”. When a new student named Yngve starts school though, Jarle’s hitherto childish world is turned upside down: without even knowing how it happened, he finds himself choosing between the girl that everyone envies him for and a boy he doesn’t really even know that well.