How can someone so easily believe in love and the future, when for others it’s so difficult? In The Whole World Will Love Us Maria Børja writes powerfully about relationships of power between humans and a globe in crisis. With her seven short stories the book is a follow-up to Grown Up Things (2010), which was amongst other things labelled an ‘erotic smash debut’.
Sunniva moves in with the energetic, sourdough bread-baking Henning. He wants children, she imagines a future where the ground beneath her daughter’s feet is burning, and the water is so warm it has no cooling effect.
A PR employee engages in a relationship with an almost twenty-years-younger civil worker. She skips work to go on a trip with him and discovers he’s preparing for a life in the woods, off-grid.
While the others are sleeping, a student works as a sleep warden for strangers. She must sit with them until they fall asleep, but not get close to them.
The Whole World Will Love is about relations between humans and desires, about a belief in the future which clashes with a gloomy world view, about what it means to be on the outside or have the upper hand.
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