Who would Hedda Gabler had been today?
Henrik Falk returns home from his honeymoon with his pregnant wife Elsa. He already feels trapped. He has gambled away his family inheritance in the stock market. Now he is employed at his father-in-law’s gas station, and lives in a house in his garden. Henrik Falk can’t stand the trivialities and forced intimacy of his in-laws’ life; the foot massage, the National Day sandwiches and the heart made of twigs hanging on the front door. When Henrik learns that his former girlfriend, the controversial artist Tale Løvlie, has bought his childhood home, the situation becomes unbearable.
Henrik Falk is a novel freely based on Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. The book is a part of Ibsen NOR, where three great Scandinavian storytellers have written novels inspired by Henrik Ibsen. The other books in the project are Merete Pryds Helle’s Nora and Klas Östergren’s Hilde.