A dark collection of short stories about confused, lying and ruined men. Dramatic, intense and strong stories, also on understanding the concept of identity.
These short stories by Ingvar Ambjørnsen have clear parallels in surrounding and narrative. They are all about men, and about lying, about folk dancing as a way of understanding your identity and reality. The stories are open, with quite a lot of action and dialogue, some of them almost small novels.
All in all the collection contains seven short stories, introspective, unpleasant and Ambjørnsen at his very best.
From the collection:
My sister was driving. Kristian was sleeping in the back seat. I was smoking a cigarette.
- "I should not have done it," she says. "It was wrong."
- "Never mind. Don´t think about it, " I answered.
- "I drank too much, and then I got all obsessed about..." She was biting her lip.
- "You wanted to be seen by someone who couldn´t see." I suggested.
- "No," she said. "I think it was the fact that he couldn´t see himself"
On the other side of the valley two climbers where working their way down to the dead person.
It was a beautiful day, sunny with a clear blue sky, and I was thinking that the trip over the mountain would be nice. If we could just keep quiet.
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