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Hanne Ørstavik – Love
November 19, 2019 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hanne Ørstavik is one of the most remarkable and admired authors in Norwegian contemporary literature. The author of several acclaimed and much discussed novels and the recipient of a host of literary prizes, her most famous novel, Love – voted the sixth best Norwegian book of the last twenty-five years! – has recently been translated into English by Martin Aitken and published by the brilliant indie press And Other Stories.
We’re thrilled to announce that as part of her tour of England, Hanne is coming to Norwich! She’ll be reading from and discussing Love – the Winner of the 2019 PEN America Translation Prize and a finalist in the 2018 National Book Award for Translated Literature.
Adored by the likes of Karl Ove Knausgaard, Love is a short, suspenseful Norwegian winter’s tale crafted in beautifully spare and precise prose. It’s a harrowing, tragic story of a mother and her son, who have just moved to a small, remote town in the north of Norway. As his ninth birthday approaches, Jon wonders what surprises his mother has prepared for him. He leaves the house certain she will make him a cake. But preoccupied with concerns of her own, she too ventures out… Inextricably linked yet desperately at odds, mother and son make their lonely ways through the unforgiving night.
Ørstavik has an astonishing grasp of human fragility and her economy of form is second-to-none. We’re very lucky to be able to host her here at the shop, and we strongly urge you to join us for what promises to be a fascinating evening of readings, discussion and signings!
Doors 6:00pm for a 6.30pm start