on a lonely norwegian hillside one christmas morning, a young man sits and ponders his life and his hoped for love, Vera. his thoughts are interrupted by the arrival of two gentlemen out for a walk. agreeing to continue the walk as a threesome they discover the remains of a fox and the entire atmosphere of the walk quickly changes.
This is a collection of short stories based on the theme of separation. set primarily around the oslofjord area of norway. Dealing with diverse subtexts and approached in stylistically varied ways, the 18 stories detail the thoughts and behaviours of a cross section of society, digging deeply into the consciousness of the individual and the harmony of relationships. Including 10 new stories.
Over the remains of a meal a couple have an argument, but this is not its retelling, this is its anatomy - this is the raw functions of a disagreement, from the careless seemingly innocuous origins, through misunderstanding, threats of violence and the power to rekindle the past, to a humble ending. This is an argument without its dialogue.
As Randolph takes the train with his wife, her beauty and its regime fascinate him in ways he could only imagine being appreciated; his life seems so empty and he longs to have a way to express himself visually and emotionally.
a middle-aged man gazes out from his empty little store, staring at the abandoned winter sea-front and the fjord, when he is interrupted by an unexpected and out of place customer. immediately he notices her similarity to the love who left him decades before, triggering a flood of questions about his life and loves.
by the shores of the Oslo fjord, at the family cabin, a father and daughter gather on the anniversary of the mother’s death; with time having passed, memories are challenged and recalled to strengthen them again. is it really possible for the father to forgive the loss enforced upon him, can nature and his family offer glimpses into the past, bringing his wife back to him in unexpected ways?
"But I Wasn’t" is the touching story of a boy who has been given the task of walking his little sister to school. He finds it hard to combine his big boy image with the job at hand. He can’t see the end of the misery either.