Shortlisted for the P2 Listeners’ Novel Prize
From his position at the back of a bingo café, the narrator watches a peculiar and ominous reunion of two strangers at the next table. Twenty years earlier one of them was performing under the name Jesper Graff, as the drummer of the dance band trio Café Sahara, until he disappeared one summer evening, during the break between sets.
The accidental reunion makes the narrator follow in Jesper Graff’s tracks along Oslo’s non-places, across industrial properties, along railway tracks and into the silence under the city’s eternally humming interchanges. At the same time he paces up the percussionist’s inevitable fate, and perhaps also his own.