Interview with Norwegian double-talent Matias Faldbakken
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A conversation with Matias Faldbakken can go off in any direction. He is not only one of Norway’s most famous artists, but also one of its most successful writers. His latest novel won the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature and was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize.
Images and books
Matias Faldbakken has been in Brussels before, in his capacity as a visual artist exhibiting at WIELS. His work is represented by the best galleries in the world. At the same time, he has established himself as a writer. Vi er fem is already his fifth book.
Creative with clay
Vi er fem is about Tormod Blystad, his wife Siv and their two children, who live on a barren plot of land in Norway. When the new family dog Snusken dies, Tormod sets to work in his garage with red clay and fertilizer. However, his creative efforts unleash forces with consequences he could never have foreseen …
A wonderful reading experience
With this book, Faldbakken lives up to his reputation as an idiosyncratic artist since Vi er fem is no ordinary novel. Blending adventure, horror, mythology, science fiction and raw realism, the writer and image-maker has crafted an unusual novel which, according to the jury of the Critics Prize, delivered ‘the most wonderful reading experience of 2019’.
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