The Empty City by Berit Ellingsen


The Empty City is a story about awakening to universal truths and one’s true self. It is told in short episodes that describe a place, a dream, a question, a memory, a fantasy or an event. Urban explorer and lucid dreamer Brandon Minamoto discovers that outside his thoughts and emotions exists a world that is silent and open, surrounding him and everyone else. The silence starts picking him apart and makes him question his sense of self and his past. But behind all the noise and the stories, there is something constant and unchanging.

Berit Ellingsen is a Korean-Norwegian writer whose stories have appeared in several literary journals and anthologies, including SmokeLong Quarterly, Bluestem, Metazen, decomP, elimae, Unstuck, and others, and been translated into French and Portuguese. Berit was a semi-finalist in the Rose Metal Press Chapbook Competition in 2011 and her chapbook What Girls Really Think was published by Turtleneck Press in February 2012. Berit’s novel, The Empty City, is a story about silence (http://emptycitynovel.com).

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BERIT ELLINGSEN: Interview with Non duality magazine

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