The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am

Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold

Winner of the Tarjei Vesaas First Book Prize 2009
Shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2013
Shortlisted for the Booksellers’ Prize 2009

Mathea Martinsen has never been good at dealing with other people. But one thing she has learned. They are not like her. Now, as an old woman, she suddenly experiences a great grief, and she is struck by the fear that she will die before anyone will know that she has lived. Mathea digs out her old wedding dress again, bakes some sweet cakes and goes out among the others.

Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold’s first novel stands out for its humorous earnestness and unusually inventive prose.


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  • American English, British EnglishDalkey Archive Press
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  • Chinese (simplified)Zhengqing Culture & Art
  • CroatianFidipid
  • CzechArgo
  • DanishForlaget Republik
  • DutchZirimiri Press
  • FrenchSeuil
  • GermanHoffmann & Campe
  • HebrewRuth Books
  • HungarianGondolat
  • IcelandicDraumsyn
  • KoreanSigongsa
  • MacedonianMagor
  • PolishMedia Rodzina
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Additional info

  • Jo fortere jeg går, jo mindre er jeg
  • 2009
  • Forlaget Oktober
  • Fiction, Novel
  • 128 pages