“In a highly perceptible and strongly twined prose he offers us razor-sharp descriptions … in a debut that is dynamic and almost ready to burst.“ – Pål Gerhard Olsen, Bergens Tidende


“A joy to read; an absurd road movie where nobody gets away…” – VG


Erik Fyksen’s life among the old V8-engines might have continued forever. But a new road building scheme forces him, the owner of the old petrol station, out of his pit and into a solitary battle with the forces of urban modernization; with the ghosts from his past, and not least with his old rival, none other than the chairman of the Gun Club.

Erik’s 1960’s Petrol station is pretty much beyond its use-by-date – its design, its layout, even its stock range – everything is outdated, except for one thing – his knowledge of cars and their maintenance.But this 34-year-old is not going to give up without a fight.

As well as being the very last Mobil petrol station, it is a sacred shrine to lost love; this book is also a twisted love story.

Offering a strong and peculiar Nordic flavour, this novel is unique in its literary use of cars, which makes the characters and metaphors instantly recognizable for readers everywhere.

English Sample Translation available


The author: Lars Mytting was born in 1968 in Fåvang, Norway. He worked as a journalist and editor for Norway’s largest newspaper Atenposten before writing full time. He has published three novels and a non-fiction book, which has been widely translated. His Hel Ved (Solid Wood) has sold over 230.000 copies in Norway and Sweden alone and spent more than a year on the non-fiction bestseller list in Norway.