Jentoft is a middle-aged man living alone. It wasn’t always like this, but what can you do. Life is a surprisingly lonely affair, where he, despite his longing for community and company, more often than not turns down invitations from friends and family. There’s only one other person he never turns down: Lindis, his godchild. Then one day, or night, she disappears.
Many people go missing. Most of them come back quickly. With some, it takes longer time. With some it takes forever. This Norwegian Life is a novel about vulnerability, about lonely rage and a dream of protection.
“Haagensen writes sensitively and ambiguously about a man’s love for his friend’s daughter … Within the reader a search for signs that can explain Lindis’ later disappearance is activated … Is there such a thing as a ‘pure’ friendship between a middle-aged man and a 17-year old girl? The lack of language and situations that can support a positive answer is captivating” Morgenbladet