The first person narrator in this novel is going through an identity crisis. She is new in Norway, where she has come to work as an au pair. Her daily routine consists of work and language courses. She is very homesick for Argentina but she cannot go back.
And (Og) is a plain and at the same time complex novel about identity and language. A novel with a different, painful and often humorous look at Norway and the people who live there, and a novel about the land left behind.
WHITE RAVEN 2016
And is written in simple language, with a novice’s typical addition of strange and uncommon words looked up in the dictionary. When someone is in the early stages of learning a language, they can end up unintentionally expressing themselves quite poetically. You’re at the mercy of short sentences, unexpected metaphors. Salinas recreates this state with short, prose-like chapters. ... Og is a charming little book about going from one place to another, and recognizable for anyone who has learned a new language as an adult.