Alice in Suburbia
Original title: Alice A4
Publisher: Forlaget Oktober, 2015
Pages: 237 pages
Alice in Suburia shows through language and content that falling in love has its own absurd logic and that the ways of love are inscrutable. Bråtveit writes with intensity about gender, class, power and rage.
Alice lives in a block of flats in a suburb with her mother and sister. She yearns to escape from her roots, which she feels are holding her back from all she longs for. When she meets someone, he has a car and she believes that he can take her to another world. Together they drive the Autobahn in search for Wonderland
Alice in Suburbia unfolds in a creative, mythological and illogical dialogue with Lewis Caroll’s children’s book Alice´s Adventures in Wonderland (1865.) In Bråtveit’s novel Alice is a young girl on the threshold to adulthood. In mulitple ways the novel tells how Alice hopes and believes to have found her first, great love, loses and finds herself again. As Alice grows older she seeks with fierce determination to fight her way out of and free herself from this love. But every time Alice thinks she is free, she finds herself once again imprisoned within her own illusionary liberation.