Following his critically acclaimed debut novel, The Readymades, Irish artist, writer and cofounder of Broken Dimanche Press John Holten tells an intriguing story of love and loss that begins in the affluent and fast-growing city of Oslo and ends outside of historical time and space, taking in the history of oil exploration, Norse mythology, coronal mass ejections and post-apocalyptic landscapes. Holten places himself directly in the book as both narrator and first reader, highlighting the discrepancy between maps and the territory they represent. The story is recounted in over 39 chapters, each named after various streets and environs of the city of Oslo, followed by a legend that unlocks and provides information from the preceding narrative in a revealing interplay between reality and fiction. Inviting a nonlinear reading, Holten has galvanized a new type of literary experience that is open-ended, multilayered and wholly contemporary.
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