This article was translated by Google and R.E.
In recent years, Erland Kiøsterud's literary work has revolved around themes such as the vulnerability of life, ecological awareness and the possibility of rebellion. So did his latest novel Revelation A continuation of Hender's work, published in 2015. Revelation is about Christian, who owns a boarding house on the Oslo Fjord with his wife Magda-Marie, and a group of homeless people who, at the mercy of the couple, get to live at the boarding house.
What drives the action is a sense of the dissolution of things and the place. Something lurking in the background, has come back, overturned in the world. Life is lived in a state of silence. What is called style heathenism – is it a picture of existence as it is, without any inherent purpose, in a world that might as well be different? Is it also a picture of the miracle of life? On presence and intimacy? The basic chord of this book is partly through the protagonists' bewilderment towards their lost connection with the world, each other and everything living, and partly through a cynicism that, through economic expansion, eats coldly and indifferently into it. . .
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