Room 66 (Innbundet)

Author:

Hedda Robertsen

Norwegian title: Rom 66
Author:
Binding: Innbundet
Year: 2022
Pages: 224
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
Originaltittel: Rom 66
ISBN/EAN: 9788202742577
Kategori: Literature and Fiction
Overview Rom 66

The protagonist in Hedda Robertsen’s new novel, Room 66, clearly shares characteristics with the author. She—a young author living near Oslo’s oldest church—devours books and films about nuns and monastic life. She dreams of renouncing desire, of purity, a strict and regimented life characterised by routine and dedication to a task, a calling.

But other forces also tug at her: she hungers for genuine connections with other people—with men. After several encounters with a nameless mechanic, she hires a car and heads south. Alone. Her destination? A convent in France.

We also meet Chris. Single mother by day, stripper by night. At the club, she goes by Alice. Chléo is a receptionist and works at a beach hotel in France. Iris is a nun, and every morning she puts on her black habit and goes to prayer with her head bowed. Emma lives in London and lives in a sexless relationship with architect James. She starts sleeping with random men.

The five women find one another and share their stories of love, grief, loss and passion.

«It's an interesting and at times intelligent book about finding yourself sexually, but also as a human.»
STAVANGER AFTENBLAD, five/six stars

«To write about sex without it being awkward can be considered an achievement, and Room 66 is closer to Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac than Fifty Shades of Gray. The novel's extent of references and cultural undertones has higher intellectual ambitions, which is a breath of fresh air for Norwegian fiction.»
MORGENBLADET

«It's refreshing that Robertsen allows her characters to be unrestrained, and never forces them to be moral or politically correct. When the characters want to be beaten, filled - desired and enjoyed, they are more worried about how it will affect themselves, than how the actions are read by fellow citizens and society. They are all prepared to sacrifice the conventional to experience the special.»
KLASSEKAMPEN, BOKMAGASINET

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Reviews Rom 66

Forfriskende om sex 08.03.2022

«... denne gang treffer Robertsen der hun skal.»

«Det er en interessant og til tider intelligent bok om å finne seg selv seksuelt, men også som menneske.»

 
Nancy Øvrehus, Stavanger Aftenblad

«Å lese sexscenene til Robertsen er hot, det må jeg medgi. Hun er dreven.»

«Å skrive om sex uten at det blir kleint må kunne regnes som en prestasjon, og Rom 66 ligger nærmere Lars von Triers Nymphomaniac enn Fifty Shades of Gray. Romanens tilfang av referanser og kulturell klangbunn har et høyere intellektuelt ambisjonsnivå, noe som er et frisk pust i norsk prosa.»

Thula Kopreitan, Morgenbladet

«Gjennom karakterenes liv later Robertsen til å ville vise at sex alltid er eksistensielt. Ved å la det seksuelle være navet i kvinnenes liv og tanker, snur Robertsen om på årsaksforholdet: Sex er aldri sekundært i et kvinneliv, men later derimot til å være den primære drivkraften som får relasjoner til å forrykkes, forandres og forsvinne.»

«Det er deilig at Robertsen lar sine karakterer være hemningsløse, og aldri tvinger dem til å være moralske eller politisk korrekte. Når karakterene vil bankes, fylles – begjæres og nytes, er de mer urolige for hvordan driften vil påvirke dem selv, enn hvordan handlingene leses av medborgere og samfunn. De er alle beredt til å ofre det konvensjonelle for å oppleve det spesielle.»

Tora Sanden Døskeland, Bokmagasinet, Klassekampen

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Author Hedda Robertsen

Hedda H. Robertsen (b. 1987) made her debut with the novel Shot to ribbons by Mads Mikkelsen in 2008. She graduated from Warwick University in England and the University of Oslo. Room 66 is her fourth novel.

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