List of Characters
Trond Sanders—narrator, both as a fifteen-year-old and as a sixty-year-old grandfather.
Trond’s father—pivotal character not given a name, but referred to as “father” throughout.
Trond’s mother—minor character not given a name.
Trond’s sister—very minor character not given a name.
Ellen—Trond’s daughter who finds him, close to the end of the novel, living in the small cabin in eastern Norway.
Jon Haug—friend of Trond’s when Trond is a fifteen-year-old during the summer of 1948.
Jon’s mother—lover of Trond’s father, not given a name.
Jon’s father—Dies in hospital after breaking his leg, not given a name.
Lars Haug—surviving twin, younger brother of Jon and a neighbor of Trond’s when Trond is an old man.
Odd Haug—Lars Haug’s twin who died from gunshot.
Franz—friend of Trond’s father, who tells Trond about his father’s experiences during the war.
Barkald—well-to-do farmer and sawmill owner.
Lyra—Trond’s dog and only companion in his old age.