In Rottenhof, brothers Adam and Florian are very much left to themselves in a small community where things aren't quite as they should be. They scout for robbers and jugosers in a barren landscape, and both look forward to and dread the impending war.
Since their mother spends all her time with their little sister and their father is Rottenhof's most important man, it becomes Adam's job to watch over and educate Florian. And Adam is a rather special educator. He shows Florian all the rituals that must be performed so that the robbers don't put them in their bags and take them with them, and concocts gruesome ways to kill the Pröll-child.
Behind this veneer of childlike imagination, we are able to sense a society in ruins and a world constantly on the verge of war. It is also a story about how a small community is forced to react to abuse. And when the war ends and Florian gets sick, Adam's high ideals of bravery and love for the fatherland are broken down in the face of reality.
The End of Our Flag (Slutten på flagget vårt) is an enjoyable, brutal and substantial story about the crises mankind can't avoid.
This is a psychologically believable, occasionally very fascinating story about personal and political-social problems that are central also in the conflict-filled Europe of today.
Sharp and wise about family and nationalism.
An original novel where profound insight is communicated by someone who barely knows anything. The consequent perspective is outstanding and non-compromisingly completed in this novel. The End of Our Flag is to put it in short, penmanship of high class.
DAG OG TID
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