Novel - First volume in a trilogy
The House with the Blind Glass Windows
Huset med den blinde glassveranda
Tora is the child of a Norwegian mother and a German soldier who died during the war. She lives a life in the shadows of her mother’s shame and sorrow and is always afraid of her stepfather’s aggressive hands. In this way she has experiences there are no words to cover.
The Tora trilogy contributes to a Norwegian realistic tradition about the coming of age of the unusual and artistic child. However, the voice of Ms Wassmo has a particular poetic and evocative power and her knowledge of the human mind is impressive. In the Tora trilogy she describes the disintegration of the small human being and her fight for dignity.