"Norway is a pink sleeping tablet," the protagonist says This life or the next by Demian Vitanza. The book was published this winter and it constantly catches me off, like terrorist threats and immigration debates. Vitanza's documentary novel, which has some points of contact with Åsne Seierstad's Two Sisters, is about a returned Norwegian Syrians.
This text is not about Vitanza's work, but about the annual critics seminar at Lillehammer Literature Festival, which this year took place 1. and 2. June. I start with Vitanza because This life or the nexts unpleasant topicality lay dormant in the back of my mind during the seminar entitled «Our houses. . .
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