Practically an entire community is described in The last You will see is a face of Love. Even the floor in a gymnasium is given its own tiny chapter. The narrative focuses 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 quiet drama unfolds in a community sheltered by the newly-rich Norwegian state.
Hofstad Evjemo writes about the dreams you hold on to in places where the world seems distant – and about everyone sharing the hope that life will offer something more. But, as we know, this is also about a community: new spaces in it are opened up and you can get in behind the facades, go where no one usually goes, find new patterns and structures. Practically everyone is presented and has parts of his or her life described: the bus driver, the driving school instructor, the nurse, the headmaster, the pupils, and the local authority arts boss – even the Crown Prince, when he visits the college in the town to give a lecture on climate. We are given a roving, strangely realistic view of the author's dissection of a body of Norwegian reality. Everywhere, he provides sharp thumbnail sketches of social and communal life.
Eivind Hofstad Evjemo has dared to do something not many in his generation would try: make a community his subject and explore its social hierarchies. He writes in a charged, insightful language.