Fia leaves her boyfriend, moves in with Arnaq but falls for Sara. Sara is in a relationship with Ivik. Ivik is discovering she might have gender dysphoria. Arnaq seduces both Fia and Ivik, and reveals that her best friend, Fia’s brother Inuk, is having a gay affair with a married MP... All this unravels in a sequence of individual monologues, transcribed texts and even the occasional questionnaire. It’s energetically done, if wearying for those of us who have left our hedonistic twenties behind. I expect there’s an audience who will love it.
The novel starts promisingly. Korneliussen is very good at capturing the fracturing of a relationship... The rest of the book is similar in its clumsiness. Huge life changes happen in the course of a paragraph...There are nice turns of phrase... And Korneliussen’s descriptive passages can be lyrical... The book’s examination of Greenlandic identity is interesting: how a people cope with claustrophobia, and Greenland’s past as a Danish colony... Crimson would be better off targeted at young adults: teens need literature that reflects their rites of passage, especially those of minorities.