On the Terrace in the Dark

Hanne Ørstavik

Nominated for The Brage Prize 2014

After a break-up, social anthropologist Paula travels to Southern Spain, where she works as an escort. She rents a room in the University of Malaga’s guest house, high up with a view of the ocean. She sits on the terrace in the evenings, in the darkness.

Vera, a half Native American biologist from Ecuador, also lives in the house, and she takes Paula on a journey into herself.

On the Terrace in the Dark is a novel in which the animals and images inside us push to the forefront. Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, childhood and abandonment and a longing to be close to someone and share a life weave together, and the novel investigates how sexuality is connected to all of this. On the Terrace in the Dark is about sorrow, being crushed and healing.

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  • Language Foreign publisher
  • DanishGyldendal
  • FrenchPhébus
  • SwedishKabusa Böcker

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Additional info

  • På terrassen i mørket
  • 2014
  • Forlaget Oktober
  • Fiction, Novel
  • 224 pages