To open up for another world order: A reading of Geir Gulliksen’s novel Tjuendedagen

Using a reading of the novel Tjuendedagen by Geir Gulliksen, and some of its critical reviews, I wish to raise two key questions. Firstly, how and where can we articulate experiences concerning intimacy and sexuality that are not part of the dominant discourses or knowledge regimes? Secondly, is this novel an effort to present a different conceptualization of sex and desire – as a generative force interwoven with, but still not equivalent with the lifestyle of neo-liberalism? The concepts third space and heterotopia serve as guidelines for these questions.

Keywords: Gulliksen, intimacy, sexuality, counterspaces, neoliberalism