There Is a Big Open Square in Bordeaux

Hanne Ørstavik

Longlisted for The P2 listeners’ best novel prize 2013
One of the ten best translated books in Denmark in 2014 in Berlingske Tidende

There is a big open square in Bordeaux where Ruth steps out of her taxi with her trolley suitcase, wondering if Johannes is going to show up.

Abel runs a gallery in Bordeaux, and she takes Ruth with her out into the night.

Meanwhile, Abel’s daughter Lily walks under the trees along the canal in Bordeaux. She meets Ralf there; a young boy carrying a guitar case.

There Is a Big Open Square in Bordeaux is a love story, a story about the yearning for closeness and sexuality, and the despair that can follow if feelings can’t be reciprocated.

Rights sold to

  • Language Foreign publisher
  • ArmenianGuitank
  • DanishGyldendal
  • FrenchNotabilia
  • ItalianPonte alle Grazie
  • LatvianVardu Varti
  • SloveneModrijan
  • SwedishKabusa Böcker

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Additional info

  • Det finnes en stor åpen plass i Bordeaux
  • 2013
  • Forlaget Oktober
  • Novel
  • 224 pages