Newly divorced Rakel has moved from her villa into a smaller town house, and she has custody of her children every other week.
She has plenty of time on her hands the weeks she spends alone. One day she decides to take on her small patch of garden with a rusty shovel she finds in an old shed. Just as she starts digging, she stumbles upon a doorway that happens to lead straight to Hell.
This journey to the heart of darkness comes with typical Erlend Loe absurdism and lots of dark humour.
Illustrated by Kim Hiorthøy.
Yours truly had the greatest of times with this book! Loe does not make a batter bigger than what he can beat, but what hell of a cake he is baking! The naïve lines in the illustrations by Kim Hiorthøy suits this absurd and delightful novel that also has a very surprising end.
ADRESSEAVISEN 6/6 STARS
Loe is witty and satirical. Childish and wise at the same time. He messes around with stereotypes, standardized language and human weaknesses. Hell can be read as an allegory of life and what happens in the tension between the highs and the (cellar) lows. The book touches the modern feeling of vigour and doubt. Even the Devil - who´s sister is God, who has become so hard to handle that she is "the main problem for evil" - trembles and longs. He is "full of longing" and doubting the whole system. Quite human. Maybe that is why it is so easy to like the novels by Loe. They are fun stories about doubt, weak moments, crisis and contra productive life strategies. The are about life, a topic that matters to most of us.
DAGBLADET 5/6 STARS
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