The Necromancer («Nekromantikeren») is a dialogue novel about therapy and freedom, about guilt and responsibility. The successful therapist Gregor Gallefoss, specialist in male sexuality, acquires a female client with an uncomfortably large interest in her therapist. She usurps the psychiatrist’s role, and Gregor must offer himself to her to induce her to speak.
However, it turns out that the woman knows things about Gregor that nobody else can know. Who is she and what does she really want? The conversation evolves into a nerve-wracking and existential tug of war.
The Necromancer is the third of three novels with overlapping themes, characters and plot sequences — although the point of view and narrator change in each book. The other two books are Ventemesteren and Skambæreren.
Kjell-Richard Landaasen in Vårt Land 28.11.2011
“The entire novel consists of a dialogue between two characters, completely without description and stage directions. That is what I would call standing on the edge of a precipice. And I have to say, Stene delivers. In principle, it is difficult to achieve good, vibrant and not least credible dialogues of a certain length, but this, one 145-page-long dialogue, has good flow. The pages fly past. Stene weaves a proper measure of psychological insight into the closed-off feelings of the two souls. They talk about guilt, sin and shame as if it actually means something, and it is this particular mettle that is so rare and so gratifying. They are in need of redemption, they need a way out, and they need answers. The complete lack of description and directions also works; we don’t need them, because the image of the therapy room is easily created in the mind and we never move out of it. There is space for all manner of pondering, conflicts and realisations. I hope this will be staged in the theatre at some point, because the novel merits it.”