The Loneliness in Lydia Erneman’s Life

Rune Christiansen

Winner of the Brage Prize
Shortlisted for the Critics’ Prize
Shortlisted for the P2 Listeners’ Novel Prize
Shortlisted for the Young Readers’ Critics’ Prize

Lydia Erneman has grown up as the only child at a small farm in northern Sweden. After graduating as a veterinarian she ends up in a small town in Norway. We follow Lydia through her work as a veterinarian, through the changing seasons and the rhythm of rural life. Her contact with her parents is sporadic. Even though Lydia quickly wins respect and trust for her diligence, she still seems to have surrendered to loneliness as the all-encompassing premise of her life, a premise that can strike a person to the ground, but which nevertheless is a source of happiness.

The Loneliness in Lydia Erneman’s Life is a remarkable, nostalgic and soothing novel, written in concise, moving and unusually rich prose.


Rights sold to

  • Language Foreign publisher
  • Chinese (simplified)China International Radio Press
  • DanishBatzer
  • MacedonianFeniks

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Additional info

  • Ensomheten i Lydia Ernemans liv
  • 2014
  • Forlaget Oktober
  • Novel
  • 251 pages