Feliz Navidad (Innbundet)

Author:

Selma Lønning Aarø

Norwegian title: Feliz Navidad
Author:
Binding: Innbundet
Year: 2024
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
Originaltittel: Feliz Navidad
ISBN/EAN: 9788202845193
Overview Feliz Navidad

Oh Christmas with your joy, oh Christmas with your pain. Oh Christmas with your Spanish beaches, oh Christmas with your lamb ribs in suitcases. Oh Christmas with your hunt for swedes, oh Christmas with your demented mother. Oh Christmas with your cactus Santa, oh Christmas with your unreliable family – slaves to their confused, annoying impulses and behaviour.

Protagonist Saga is a theatre director who has decided to arrange the perfect Christmas in Spain. She doesn’t do this without desperation, because her mother suffers from dementia with elements of psychosis and has a habit of running away at the worst of times. Nevertheless, Saga has made up her mind, despite many cautions from a doctor friend. Christmas will be a great. Everyone will have a nice time, celebrating in the usual way and – goddammit – in the absolute nicest way. Granddad and Grandma are in, her crypto millionaire son is in, everyone is in. But challenges present themselves as soon as they arrive. Her mother can’t orientate herself in her new surroundings, the children are out of control, and why does her husband keep jogging to Benidorm?

Feliz Navidad is a humorous novel, but it is also written with fear and trembling and sorrow. It is a book about being a middle-aged woman, an unfaithful husband, a mother who keeps disappearing – and about who we become when things get hard.

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Author Selma Lønning Aarø

Selma Lønning Aarø (1972–) originates from Stord on the west coast of Norway. Her debut was the novel The Final Story (Den endelige fortellingen) in 1995, a novel that she won the Cappelen Damm Prize for best debut for.Selma Lønning Aarø has since written a number books within different genres, both adult and childrens fiction. She has been the editor of SIGNALER, Cappelen Damms anthology of new writing, together with Nils-Øyvind Haagensen, and for years she was a columnist in newspapers like Dagbladet and Klassekampen, well known for her self ironic and dark sense of humour.

Her big breakthrough in Norway came with the novel Do you want another ride? (Vil ni åka mera?) in 2003, a novel that brought her a nomination for the Brage Prize. Her novel I´m coming (Jeg kommer snart) (2013) has been published in Spain, Canada, Germany and Turkey.

Her latest novel is Her Lying Face (Hennes løgnaktige ytre, 2016), where she explores the life of writer Anna Munch and her troublesome obsession for Knut Hamsun.

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