You’re Not Dying (Innbundet)

Series:  292


Linn Strømsborg

Norwegian title: Du dør ikke
Binding: Innbundet
Year: 2016
Pages: 184
Publisher: Flamme Forlag
Språk: Bokmål
Originaltittel: Du dør ikke
Serienummer: 292
ISBN/EAN: 9788282881135
Overview Du dør ikke

Eva lives an apparently normal, recognisable and good life. As seen form the outside, there is no cause for concern. Then one day she has a panic attack on the bathroom floor. For no reason she can understand, fear enters her body. She avoids her usual company, preferring to sit in solitude in her room or run lap after solitary lap around the stadium at Bislett, strengthening her body, taking care of herself to avoid death. She could die at any time. People are dying all the time, without warning, at any age. So why not Eva?

You're Not Dying is both a very small and an almost infinitely big novel – on how an often inexplicable and apparently needless anxiety can afflict us. It can make us avoid what we used to seek. We understand something basically horrible: Being ourselves does not happen automatically. We have to fight for it, usually while nobody is looking. But it is also a story of surviving the struggle, and of friends who don't stop calling even though you never ring back.

(...) a hopeful book about anxiety.

Maybe one could say that Strømsborgs authorship is moving in a more serious direction with this book, but there is still something unmistakably Strømsborgesque with this novel that portrays the circumstances of a no longer quite so young, anxious woman in an essentially questioning and wondering way, with a hint of misery, melancholy, a sense of lost time, life passing you by, while you're sitting alone in an empty room, like Demi Moore in St. Elmos Fire, just being scared.

(...) a strong, beautiful and vivid novel.

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Reviews Du dør ikke

«… en sterk, vakker og livsdyktig roman.»

Olav Egil Aune, Vårt Land

"Kanskje kan man si at Strømsborgs forfatterskap beveger seg i en alvorligere retning med dette, men det er noe umiskjennelig strømsborgsk også ved denne romanen, som gir en fremstilling av livsvilkårene til en ikke lenger fullt så ung, angstridd kvinne i en grunnleggende spørrende og undrende tone, og med en diffus fornemmelse av tristesse, melankoli, en følelse av tapt tid, livet som bare farer forbi, mens man selv sitter i et tomt rom, som Demi Moore i St. Elmo's Fire, og bare er redd."

Sigmund Jensen, Stavanger Aftenblad

"I den pågåande samtalen om psykisk sjukdom hjå unge menneske, og ikkje minst unge kvinner, er Du dør ikke fyrst og fremst ei omsorgsfull skildring av kva det vil sei for den einskilde person å berre ikkje få det til. (...) Du dør ikke har noko sterkt filmatisk over seg – som ein ungdomsfilm som flimrar forbi."

Maria Horvei, Klassekampen

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Author Linn Strømsborg

Linn Strømsborg (b. 1986) made her debut 2009 with the novel Roskilde, the story of a group of young people at a music festival, and followed up with the chap book Øya in the same year. She has since written two novels about the main character Eva; Furuset in 2012 and You´re not gonna die (Du dør ikke) in 2016, and in the fall of 2019 her novel Never, ever, ever (Aldri, aldri, aldri) was launched.

Linn Strømsborg is one of the most interesting of young voices in contemporary Norwegian fiction today.

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