“An ingenious novel. Five fantastic stories of the present times, that are all rooted in the story of the mysterious Isak Meyer from the days of the war… the reader has a great reading experience ahead of him… Øybø is good at navigating the present and past in a seamless interplay, which gets the excitement to arise from small events in a mix with the much bigger… It’s a great writing art, it’s play, its historical facts, it’s great dialogues. I’ve not had enough of these combinations yet!”(Stein Roll, Adresseavisen)
The section is taken from one of many good reviews for the Mattis Øybø´s novel. Through the memories of different people, we are taken back to the days of the war. But who remembers and what do we remember? And can memory change so that the story fits better with our own? Øybø shows how the memory is lost or changed, and suddenly the story can be changed even if the real story was different.
And who is to tell the story when the survivors are dead. This is one of the main questions we ask in the panel discussion at the festival.
Mattis Øybø (b. 1971) made his debut in 2003 with the novel “Alle ting skinner”. “The Last Survivor is Dead” is Øybø’s fifth novel.