Erland Kiøsterud

When the singer Mimina dies unexpectedly, a sense of collective mourning spreads throughout the entire country. The novel follows various individuals during the days immediately after Mimina’s death: the drug addict Hans Olav who lives rough on the street behind the Opera House, the well-established and religious university registrar Hanne, the stockbroker Jon Arne, the uncompromising installation artist Katharina, the nursing home employee Ida, Professor Otto Brede and Mimina’s husband of more than twenty years, Carl Fredrik.

I crossed the barbed wire, crossed over to the other side of desire, Mimina sang, and the novel examines how passion can turn in upon itself, but also how the song has power to touch people in their lives so their lives are transformed – with beauty, and longing for love.

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  • Mimina
  • 2012
  • Forlaget Oktober
  • Fiction, Novel
  • 226 pages