This is the story of Mattis, a mentally handicapped man who lives with and is cared for by his older sister, Hege. Mattis cannot make sense of his tangled thoughts, frightening apparitions, surges of emotion and clever insights. When a travelling lumberjack attracts Hege's affections, the disruption is too much for Mattis to bear.
This Norwegian masterpiece sensitively captures the mystic command of the natural world, the prison of unfulfilled time and the fragility of the human mind. The narrative is sparse, poetic and contemplative but the ending crescendos into heart-breaking misfortune.
Published: in UK in 2019
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN 13: 9780241384879
ISBN 10: 0241384877
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