ORIGINAL TITLE: Verkligheten
NUMBER OF PAGES: 150
AUTHOR: John Ajvide Lindqvist
ORIGINAL PUBLISHER: Ordfront förlag
GENRE: Current Books, Fiction
It all starts with a dying fly, lying on its back and fumbling with its legs, on a windowsill.
A second later it is inexplicably gone. The lost fly is the first sign that something is wrong – that glitches and cuts have begun to appear in the fabric of reality.
Heidi Hallberg is the star of “At home with Hallberg’s”, the popular reality show following Heidi’s everyday life, as well as her husband, two children and stepdaughter. Constantly followed by a camera, she witness the strange disappearance of the fly, not knowing it will lead up to her questioning her own life’s realism. Soon things escalate and the same day Heidi’s hand mysteriously goes straight through a solid door and the stairs change height. She’s forced to confront what is true or false, and even start questioning if her children and husband are for real. Ultimately Heidi is forced to accept that her “reality” potentially could be simulated.
This is the horror version of all the reality shows we follow on a daily basis. A pitch-black, yet humorous, story that deals with the present version of realism and questions what it actually does with a person, and a family, to constantly act rather than live.