Hans Junior has a majority share to the farm somewhere along the coast of Norway. Together with Hans Senior, he runs it as a dairy farm. But when his father becomes ill, and later passes away, he ends up being responsible on his own. A single man in the house and a lot of animals in the barn.
One day the agricultural inspector Sylvi stops by to inspect the farming and animal welfare. She gets a cup of coffee when she’s about to drive away, as well as an invite for a ride on his boat. Hans Junior has an island he usually goes out to, where witchcraft was reportedly practiced in earlier times. Sylvi returns to the farm several times, and after a fairly short time she moves in. When she looks at Hans, she thinks: “There is my husband.”
The cows in the barn start changing their behaviour, the Sitka spruce between the farm and the sea grows tighter – the nature is changing in challenging ways, and Sylvi and Hans do what they can.
The New Season contains lots of drama, is full of the sea, death and love, humans, and pets. The novel is moving and evocative. The mixture of realism and something close to apocalyptic is something truly unique. The world is changing, sometimes in ways we can barely imagine. The starting point for The New Season is traditionally Norwegian and classic, but the novel is simultaneously innovative – it explores how well-known landscapes are changed by the times we live in. All of this viewed through the gazes of two beautiful humans doing what they can to survive.