Olav Starheimsæter’s debut novel has a rather unusual focal point, namely The Palace of Lust – an internet forum for people who want to meet others to have sex in different ways, according to their desires. Naturally, such a forum regularly gives rise to various ethical considerations. This could have become tendentious, but it is not so. For Starheimsæter the sex forum is just that, a sex forum. What interests him is the variety of people who are drawn into it. We meet them in critical situations where they have to make tough decisions to survive. What is common to them all is that they are searching for the boundaries of who they are, either to expand them or to see if they can be found at all.
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