Practically an entire community is described in The last Youwill see is a face of Love (Det siste du skal se er et ansikt av kjærlighet).Even the floor in a gymnasium is given its own tiny chapter. The narrativefocuses on four characters: Roy and his son Aksel, together with Kjersti, whois an advocate for the handicapped school pupil Siri, and finally the headmaster at Aksel and Siri's school. We share their day to day lives as the quietdrama unfolds in a community sheltered by the newly-rich Norwegian state.
Hofstad Evjemo writes about the dreams you hold on to in places wherethe world seems distant – and about everyone sharing the hope that life willoffer something more. But, as we know, this is also about a community: newspaces in it are opened up and you can get in behind the facades, go where noone usually goes, find new patterns and structures. Practically everyone ispresented and has parts of his or her life described: the bus driver, thedriving school instructor, the nurse, the headmaster, the pupils, and the localauthority arts boss – even the Crown Prince, when he visits the college in thetown to give a lecture on climate. We are given a roving, strangely realisticview of the author's dissection of a body of Norwegian reality. Everywhere, heprovides sharp thumbnail sketches of social and communal life.
Eivind Hofstad Evjemo has dared to do something not many in his generation wouldtry: make a community his subject and explore its social hierarchies. He writesin a charged, insightful language.