Fifteen years (Innbundet)

Author:

Vigdis Hjorth

Norwegian title: Femten år. Den revolusjonære våren
Author:
Binding: Innbundet
Year: 2022
Pages: 192
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
ISBN/EAN: 9788202762735
Kategori: Literature and Fiction
Overview Femten år. Den revolusjonære våren

Vigdis Hjorth has written a stunning and insightful book about one of the most important events in a human’s life – becoming an adult and growing independent, even when it hurts others.

There is a rhythm in Paula’s life – the meals at the table at home, going skiing in the wilderness with hot toddy and icy breath, the summers at the cabin in Østfold, raspberry bushes and cold-water swimming, the visits to grandma on the West Coast – a rhythm which offers her safety and clarity throughut her childhood. Mother, father, sister, and brother in their little house are the most important people in her life. And then there is Karen, her best friend.

The calm is shattered the summer that Paula discovers the pile of letters her mother has written to grandma. The life her mother describes in the letters is unrecognisable: It says her sister Elisabet performed well in her exams, while in reality she failed them; it says that Elisabet sung a solo at the Christmas recital, which she did not; and it says that the father has been promoted to the head of his office. Paula is barely mentioned.

Her mother’s pretense is a shock to Paula, who is now surrounded by the lies of an adult’s making. How should she relate to her mother? Who can she be in the family now? Paula is on the edge of becoming a teenager, and the world is opening up before her as both a terrible and wonderful place. She doesn’t want to believe in the god her mother pretends she believes in. She doesn’t want to start lying about her life.

Vigdis Hjorth once again writes about a young life, like she’s done previously in amongst others the novel Third Person Singular, even if Paula’s life is significantly different from Hulda Kråkefjær’s. The portrayal of Paula’s childhood and youth may also bring your thoughts to the powerful childhood depictions of Tove Ditlevsen and Tove Jansson. We believe this novel will be read with great joy for many decades. A future classic.

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Author Vigdis Hjorth

Vigdis Hjorth (1959–) has made an exciting literary career and has written many popular books for both children and adults. Today she is an awardwinning author and one of Norway's most interesting, contemporary writers.

She has won a number of prizes and awards, amongst them: The Gyldendal Prize in 2011, the Critics Award in 2012, The Honorary Brage Award and the Amalie Skram Award in 2014, The Aschehoug Award in 2015 and the Booksellers Prize in 2016.

Her books have been published in 28 countries.

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