“My name was Atle Vilder, I was 52 years old and lived in an old house somewhere in Western Norway. And the place was called Gran. And I had lived in the house for 28 years. And I was home in my house in Gran, I stood in the kitchen and looked out the window. And on the table lay a letter. It was a letter from Lise, my wife. I had not seen her for ages.” This is the opening of Tormod Haugland’s novel Dark Matter. The letter gets Atle started thinking, causing him to look back. Eventually he is transported back to his home town and his father Bernhard with whom he broke all ties when he moved to Gran many years ago.
Dark Matter shows Tormod Haugland at his very best. It is about love, about choosing one’s own life and about freeing oneself, about being both father and son – and about having a plan that perhaps runs counter to the plans of others.