Sound of Asphalt

SOUND OF ASFALT is a thought-provoking coming of age novel describing the dark sides of the world's richest and happiest country.
In Oslo, we follow a boy facing challenges of many kinds, with his family falling apart, bullying and a city that is becoming bigger and bigger.

This novel describes Norway’s capital in the happy 80s and 90s, where Nordic optimism fight the individual’s struggle for existence. We get under the skin of a society where oil prices lubricate both social institutions and private wallets, while the development leaves open wounds to many of those who fall outside the streamlined machinery.

A boy from Oslo tries to find his place- in the family; at school and in general. The main character in the novel experiences it as if there is no room for him in society – until a friend invites him home to his house and puts on a CD he has never heard of before. In the music these guys find someone who can address the meaninglessness they often feel.

With Norway’s biggest rocker of all ages (Joachim Nielsen) as a musical backdrop, we are drawn into a literary landscape filled with contemporary references and depictions of an environment and an entire generation of ideals. What happens to us during the vulnerable time of becoming adults when the dreams we have prove to be unattainable?

In this novel, learn to know an earlier and more rough environment than the current SKAM Internet phenomenon, which today fascinates youngsters and adults worldwide. The language is hard and brutal. Sad and funny. Without any sentimental wrapping.

A charming and melanconic novel for all of us who have grown up in Oslo East - and everyone else who wants to know how it was

Tom Egeland, author

The debut novel of Yngve Kveine is a text from Oslo East in the eighties and nineties, all the time with the sound of Jokke & Valentines as a musical backdrop. Funny. Raw. Touching

Ingvar Ambjørnsen, author

It seems almost magical what the author is doing here, the words become pictures and we see that's how it has been [...] Like the youth in the book are outsiders, this coming of age novel is also an outsider

Lillehammer Byavis, 6/6

This is Lars Saabye Christensen on steroids, it is told by an author who is a master in narrative craftmanship


Sound of Asphalt oozes vitality. With Yngve Kveine's pen, it becomes powerful reading!

Geir Tangen, author

The author, sometimes with a brutal openness, shows sensitivity and vulnerability, a longing for the meaning and truth in a seemingly chaotic environment (...) This story of the maturation of several young men, their transformations and the exceptional power of friendship and support, can be placed equally well in Belgrade or any other European city at the end of the last century

Serbia Danas; Serbia