The story depicts the 33-year old Mikael Skrent, who in many ways seems
happy. He is in Oslo on his way to his friend’s exhibition opening. As he makes
his way to the exhibition incidents from the past begin to flash before him,
incidents that have pushed him out into a destructive whirlwind of strange
behaviour, anger and confusion.
He finds existence pointless. He struggles with the love he lost ten
years earlier. A feeling of disgust comes over him when he is in bed with other
He has been abnormally preoccupied with himself and cold and callous
towards anyone who doesn’t benefit him. But he has been given his share and
abundantly so, not in the least from himself.
A much-discussed novel which describes the art world and its
environment which reflects the rest of society and the values of the West,
where appearance and egoism overshadow true values and lead to a sick sense of
emptiness and worthlessness.