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My challenge to Storberget

Book debutant Adelheid Seyfarth Gulbrandsen has this autumn been highly praised for her novel "Father's house". But she's not happy about it. Not until the Minister of Justice Storberget shows that he has understood the seriousness of it, she writes in this week's Ny Tid article.

When Knut Storberget took over as Minister of Justice, he did something that must be called uncommonly beautiful for a Norwegian politician: The gift the incoming minister gave the incriminating was the novel Father's House. I call it beautiful – not as a quality assessment of my own novel, but as viewed by a top politician who in this way recognizes the ability of art to convey human reality. Now we are waiting to see if we will also see Storberget complete the act.

With modesty I call Father's House art. Less modestly, I recall that the novel points to conditions in our society that Storberget has in practice signaled that he will pursue. In all likelihood, he has become too big a boy to enjoy himself with foreplay just for the sake of his ... At least in the long run.

I Father's House the protagonist Mina finally wanders around in almost self-destructive desperation. There will be something almost Kafkaesque about the story, states. . .

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