The Minister of Health could not put aside the Hanne-Vibeke Holst pandemic novel: “Now I actually have to think about it. Is this reality, or is it taken from the novel? ‘


For time it is difficult to be a bookseller, but the book as such has it excellent. The books and the pandemic are contagious. It is read and written like never before.

The reading took off during the first shutdown. Back then, Albert Camus’ classic ‘The Plague’ gained new readers, and so did Hanne-Vibeke Holsts novel ‘Like the plague’ from 2017. The novel about a modern pandemic has also been swallowed up by the Norwegian Minister of Health Bent Høie.

“This summer I had time off and the opportunity to do something else, but I couldn’t get around that book. And when I started reading, I was not able to put it down. When I got back to the ministry after the summer, I said, “Now I actually have to think about it. Is this reality, or is it taken from the novel? ”.

Høie may well see the funny thing in the fact that he as Minister of Health had a hard time separating fiction and fact, but he actually thinks it’s scary how good Holst has been at getting to grips with the problems that a pandemic creates. It is especially the race to find a vaccine, the challenges with the companies in the pharmaceutical industry and the rich and poor countries’ battle for the vaccine that he thinks are close to reality.

He tells NRK, who has also asked Hanne-Vibeke Holst whether the pandemic has given her a brighter or darker view of reality. She replies that she, like her novel, believes that the world pulls together and does the right thing. She thinks there is a prejudice that pandemics, wars and disasters get the worst out of us, but in her opinion it is actually the opposite that happens.


Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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