Of Sleep and Darkness
Tormod is lying in the grass, putting himself in the place of the ants, those who live their lives in hiding, under rocks and roots. His dreams take him away from life in the fields, from harvests and concern for crops and animals. Tormod is born to take over the farm he grows up on, but somewhere along the way, his life changes direction. He starts studying art, sells the farm and becomes a writer.
Of Sleep and Darkness takes place on an island at the western coast of Norway, and in Bergen from the 1960s to the 1990s. It’s a novel about a child who wants to be an adult, and a man who wants to run away from his childhood and leave behind the social class he has grown up in. It’s about dreams, responsibility and freedom, and about breaking with tradition in order to become an artist. With great power, Of Sleep and Darkness follows the way sleep moves through time and space, on the border between life and death.