By Tomas Espedal, James Anderson
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Books in a long hnokcbe that had been specialh made and took up the enure •·nd wall. a wall o f leather-bound book~. ~ek. ; 1mporunce of books. tted from the hooks. from linn~:, thi< pan of the room that rc,cmbled a library. A reading lamp, a rhaar ;\ radto~r:lm, a radio and a gramophone 10 a br~e t abillet 1hat c;cood next ~moker\ to the firep lace. lblc. Se,cral chairs, placed in a semicircle around rhe fireplace::. In the middle:: of the living room AGAINST AIT was a circular occasional table which formed the focal point of the flat with the sofa and three chairs that went with it; no one ever sat in them, not while I was there, in any case it was difficult to imagine anything alive in the living room, it was dead, a space, a museum, life had been here once.
He can't bear play-actin):(. l-3ut he can't take reality either, anything 56 AG AI NST AaT that's difficult and demanding, he can't take the truth, and this turns him into a prisoner, like a puppet that's got tangled up in its own strings, in its own inadequacy. He is chained to the flat and to his work. He is chained to his family and to her, Aagoth Constance Johannessen, he couldn't manage without her. That's d1e truth. And yet he sits at his desk writing about freedom; he could wish for a totally different life, in a totally different place.
I fai l. I Cut at e::n:r\'Liung. Jt, C\C:rvthing, it gets too much for me. l g~ve:: up. It's Sunday, Sunday the: eighth of April; roda\ my work ground w a hair, tt's all falling to pieces: me, the book, everything. AGAIN S T ART It's Sunday the eighth of April. You get up. Splash cold water on your face, dress, in the same clothes, day after day. You work. April, September, day and night. You try to recreate an ordinary day, labour to describe a completely ordinary day, but can't. You give up. Change, put on a freshly laundered white shirt, clean trousers, your best shoes.