The Manila Hall
Original title: Manilahallen
Publisher: Tiden Norsk Forlag, 2014
Genre: Narrative poems
Pages: 231 pages
As a 33-year old, she was admitted to Modum Baths, with a body weight of only 38 kilos. Birgit, born in 1946, *the joy child, *the apple of her parents’ eye, the girl who loves animals and forests, books and music. How did her life turn out like that?
Each person carries their own story. And that story contains love, pain, joy, grief. The darkest of dark and the lightest of light. You only have to ask. If you talk together long enough, it’s all revealed in the end. That’s how this book came to be. Because Birgit exists. She answered when Ruth Lillegraven asked. The Manila Hall is the biography of Birgit, written as a poem. A quite conventional – and therefore, quite unconventional – book, the likes of which you have never read.