Days in the History of Silence

Merethe Lindstrøm

Winner of the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize 2012
Winner of The Critic’s Award 2011

An elderly woman thinks about her former housekeeper, a woman she and her husband were close to for a period of time, before abruptly dismissing her. Everyone but she and her husband question what happened. The couple has silently agreed to not discuss their past. While he becomes more and more closed up, she tries to break out of the isolation and silence, for instance by speaking to a priest.

The novel is about the love between two people who have made important choices that define their entire existence, just to realize that some things can’t be omitted. The past not only resurfaces, it has been there all along.

Rights sold to

  • Language Foreign publisher
  • American EnglishOther Press
  • BulgarianKnigopis
  • CroatianFidipid
  • DanishTiderne Skifter
  • EstonianEesti Raamat
  • FaroeseSprotin
  • FrenchCambourakis
  • GermanMatthes & Seitz
  • HungarianNoran Libro
  • IcelandicDraumsyn
  • MacedonianBata Press
  • MalayalamMegha Books
  • PortugueseArkheion
  • SerbianGeopoetika
  • SwedishWeyler

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Additional info

  • Dager i stillhetens historie
  • 2011
  • Forlaget Oktober
  • Fiction, Novel
  • 208 pages