by Janne Teller
Analysis: Steaminess Rating
Exactly how steamy is this story?
Full disclosure: there's a rape in Nothing. It's not graphic; you, the reader, aren't actually there when it happens. But you see the before-and-after, and that's plenty gruesome enough. Huge Hans decides that Sofie has to give up her virginity (or, as Agnes calls it, her "innocence") to the heap of meaning, and he takes her to the sawmill with a group of other boys who will stand guard. The next day, Sofie's walking funny, and there's a rag covered with blood and semen on the heap of meaning. Later on, when Sofie cuts off Jon-Johan's finger, it's implied that at least he, if not the other boys, got in on the act. It's upsetting, for sure, but at least the mentions are mercifully brief.