Silence is Like the Chop of an Axe (Innbundet)


Tom Ingar Eliassen

Norwegian title: Stillheten er et øksehugg
Binding: Innbundet
Year: 2023
Pages: 192
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
ISBN/EAN: 9788202802165
Kategori: Literature and Fiction
Overview Stillheten er et øksehugg

On a farm, by a river, surrounded by large, quiet mountains Else and the narrator of the novel, Egil, live. They’ve had a long life together, but now Else has lost her ability to speak and Egil seeks solace in nature, in the river, the forest and the birds. On the other side Eva is waiting, she comes from the town, has a scar across her face and dreams about finding a pond with a view. In the sky an eagle floats by, the waterfall plays in the river, the trout awakens, while the wolverines wander restlessly around in the mountains.

In this quiet novel, Egil looks back at a life that is gone. It's about kissing someone who has stopped returning the kiss, about axe chops and love, about longing and grief, about losing something, and discovering something new.

The language in the novel is simple and precise, but full of imagery. Through short scenes and memories, we see the contours of what connects us and what drives us apart, like the clouds drift across the mountains, like the river which flows and flows, sometimes silently in the dark.

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Author Tom Ingar Eliassen

Tom Ingar Eliassen (1972) was born and resides in Halden. In 2012, he contributed texts to the debutant anthology Signals. In 2013 he published a collection of novels called Nine fathoms and deeper. He has attended Aschehoug's writer's school and debuted as a dramatist at the Dramatist Festival in 2017.

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