Hanne Orstavik



Martin Aitken


A short, suspenseful Norwegian winter's tale crafted in beautifully spare and precise prose. A harrowing, tragic story of a mother and her son.
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A single mother, Vibeke, and her son Jon, have just moved to a small, remote town in the north of Norway. It is the day before Jon's birthday, but Vibeke, preoccupied with concerns of her own, has forgotten this. With a man on her mind, she ventures to the local library and then a fairground, while Jon goes out to sell lottery tickets for his sports club. We follow the two characters on their separate journeys through a cold winter's night as Orstavik weaves together their two separate worlds - a sense of uneasiness grows. An acknowledged masterpiece of Norwegian literature, And Other Stories' edition brings the total number of international publishers to twenty-eight, so far. Masterfully rendered into English by translator Martin Aitken, this novel was one of five shortlisted for the 2019 US National Book Award in the Translated Literature category.
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Book publisher And Other Stories
Publication date 30 Oct 2019
Format Paperback
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