Hanne Ørstavik

Shortlisted for the US National Book Award, translated fiction 2018
Winner of the US PEN Translation Prize 2019
Named the 6th best Norwegian book of the last 25 years in a prestigious critics’ vote in Dagbladet,

Love is the story about Vibeke and Jon, mother and son, who have just moved to a small place in the north of Norway. It’s the day before Jon’s birthday, and a travelling carnival has come to the village. Jon goes out to sell lottery tickets for his sports club, and Vibeke is going to the library. From here on we follow the two individuals on their separate journeys through a cold winter’s night – while a sense of uneasiness grows.

Love illustrates how language builds its own reality, and thus how mother and son can live in completely separate worlds. This distance is found not only between human beings, but also within each individual. This novel shows how such distance may have fatal consequences.

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  • Kjærlighet
  • 1997
  • Forlaget Oktober
  • Fiction, Novel
  • 111 pages