Before I Burn Symbols & Objects

Gaute Heivoll
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Fire

Dag was fascinated by fire from the time he was a young boy. He loved the excitement of riding in the fire engine with his fire chief father when there was a fire to put out. Later, the fires gave Dag’s empty life purpose and meaning and a false sense of power.

Diaries

Gaute decided to write a book about the fires that had occurred in his hometown region thirty years before. He discovered the diaries of his grandmother and his piano teacher who both made entries about the fires. Their diary entries gave Gaute some insight for writing his book.

Letters

Alfred, one of the volunteer firemen at the time of the fires, had a letter from Dag after he was institutionalized. In the letter he showed no remorse for his actions but expressed his hope that Alfred didn’t think bad of him...

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