The Mannequin Murder is a fascinating and dramatic account from the literary talent Ingvild Schade. It is a beautiful and painful, burlesque and grotesque novel with unexpected twists and turns. Reviewers have compared Schade with Kurt Vonnegut, Mikhail Bulgakov and John Kennedy Toole.
Karsten is a meticulous and gaping young boy living in a normal Norwegian family. His father is a doctor and his mother is an English teacher, and his little sister is still in sagging diapers. All objects and events, big or small are subject to Karsten’s intense interest and exploration – whether he is holding a lengthy lecture on the history of stones or gutting a fish for his family’s Tuesday dinner.
In the scree behind the stone villa where Karsten lives, seven neighbourhood boys roll loose rocks and point their fingers at him like guns. Lately they have sent him threatening letters signed the ‘The Enemy’. However, Karsten has other things on his mind: In the compost, he has discovered the bloody corpse of a mannequin, and thus he is in full swing interrogating witnesses and filming a dramatization of the murder mystery, with his mother acting in the role of the bloody murder victim.
Suddenly one morning Karsten’s father asks him to say goodbye to his childhood home. An overnight bag is packed, and his father says they are leaving for a trip – and everything is set into motion.
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...arouses associations to Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita. [...] Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five and John Kennedy Tool's A Confederacy of Dunces. DAGENS NÆRINGSLIV