When Tarak loses his mother to the feared sorrow eaters and his father disappears soon afterwards, he is looked after by his grandfather, Elmer, who teaches him to make shadow birds and tell stories.
When Tarak turns fourteen, he leaves Ulu and sets out into the great wide world. On his travels he learns a lot about love and responsibility and what it is to be 'human'. And in the course of his
life he becomes an important pawn in the fight between good and evil.
Tor Åge Bringsværd calls forth a world which is strange to us. A world where people make up only a small minority dominated by other races. Where scrap metal is the most valuable commodity and the desire for oblivion keeps people in check.
This is a delightful and fanciful fable kept alive by great stories and words. An exciting and gripping tale of what it is to be human.
‘Vår verden er dugg is a gift for those who want their books to write our world and ways of living and thinking into a broader context… Bringsværd lets Tarak’s educational journey show us the dangers of the world we live in. It’s also a joyous novel, rich in colours, hope and destruction. And the language! Who wouldn’t want to climb an ike and have a tame kirrrva as a companion? The novel also shows the value of seeing things from the clown’s perspective. It is not always a bad idea to turn the world on its head.’
Vår verden er dugg can be read as a classic educational tale with several elements that are critical of society and civilisation.’
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