The novel's protagonist, Haugmann, works as an apple farmer in a relatively large village in the Norwegian northwest. He has been given the diagnosis clinically insane, and treated accordingly.
Songs for My Horse is about sickness of the mind, but at the same time a charming village chronicle that circles around Haugmann's relationship with his brother, his horse and his neighbor.
A key question of the story is: Are people like Haugmann really the ones who are the most crazy?
«Songs for My Horse by Arne Ruset […] is at the same time subtle, touching, pleasant and funny.» 5/6
- Jan Askelund, Stavanger Aftenblad