While the Covid-19 pandemic led to closed borders and a break lasting well over two years, Torolf E. Kroglund built his own boat – without any experience. It was going to be a rowing boat – a dinghy. It gets built following a traditional clink-build method, just like the Vikings did and which is now declared a world heritage by UNESCO. At the same time both the author’s and the planet’s health worsens dramatically. Building a boat becomes a way to build a way out.
This book looks at the history of the boat, from African migrants who at the dawn of time left the continent by boat, to the present boat migrants, and the complicated culture of the coast. With a personal approach the book digs into the core of what the boat has meant, both internationally and for Norway as a nation. The boat as a specific vessel between land and continent, moving towards freedom and free time – but also in the less literal meaning; the method of communication which carries humanhood. We’re all in the same boat.
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