Long Live the Post Horn! (Innbundet)

Author:

Vigdis Hjorth

Norwegian title: Leve posthornet!
Author:
Binding: Innbundet
Year: 2012
Pages: 184
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
ISBN/EAN: 9788202392536
Overview Leve posthornet!

Winner of the Critics’ Award 2012

Ellinor is a communications consultant in her thirties. She can’t help but feel that her life is lacking meaningful intensity, that her life is a trivial contrast to her feelings of despair.

When a colleague suddenly leaves the firm Ellinor has to see through a project all by herself. By teaching postal workers in Postkom about media, influence and politics, Ellinor is supposed to better equip them in their opposition to the implementation of EU’s Postal Legislation. However, the question arises; who is teaching whom?

Norwegian reviews:

‘If you are looking for a novel about loneliness and the postal service, chose this one. ... It is practically impossible to decide where to begin when discussing Hjorth’s novels. They are immediate, but also stay with you, kicking around in your mind for a good while afterwards. This time, the story even manages to combine politics, the postal service and a lonely young woman. Can this really be of interest? Yes, it can, when Hjorth does it.’
VG

... a fantastic book. There are few contemporary writers who explore loneliness with greater courage. Hurrah for Hjorth!
KLASSEKAMPEN

I’ve rarely experienced such high from a novel as from Vigdis Hjorth’s new work about the European Union’s postal directive. ... One of her very best books. ... I’m almost tempted to shout Long live Vigdis Hjorth!
AFTENPOSTEN

Vigdis Hjorth's Leve posthornet! deserves applause for many things, not least for being something as improbable as a successful political novel about (hold tight now!) the postal directive. ... In every way, a very worthwhile novel by Vigdis Hjorth.
BERGENS TIDENDE

Few writers can describe a woman near the edge as Hjorth can. ... It is almost the most engaging element in this book. And perhaps also the most original. Hjorth foregrounds politics, not the international kind, but the grey local authority dealings – and shows us its crucial role in our lives. This, in a novel whose apparently most straightforward formulations contain within them an ambiguity and depth that is uniquely Hjorth’s.
DAGBLADET

Hidden inside the novel lies a small pearl of a story about a letter that only arrived at its destination because the postman truly committed himself to find the proper addressee. This makes Leve posthornet! into more than the narrative about a communication advisor and the postal directive. It also follows that Hjorth’s novel is not primarily about atomised contemporary individuals or nostalgia for letters written by hand, but about communication. If you decide to read one novel about the postal directive this year, it should be this one.
DAGENS NÆRINGSLIV

An impressive journey of purification. ... In Leve posthornet! , Vigdis Hjorth immerses herself in existential seriousness. Her book is a loud scream; Hjorth has written a powerful novel about identity, authenticity and about making courageous choices ... her perceptions are acute and she writes very well.
VÅRT LAND

... when Hjorth takes on the problematic issues of politics and of life in general, with her familiar wit and existential courage, all you can do is give in.
DAG OG TID

It is great feat to write something as rare as a political and personal novel without creating something that is both dull and too internalised. As always, she composes brilliantly precise sentences, with her utterly unique fingertip feel for flow and choice of words.

DAGSAVISEN

A rare, realistic, not-post-modern box of candies: a story about politics, poetry and melancholy.
ADRESSEAVISEN

International Reviews:

Quirky, unsettling.
KIRKUS REVIEWS

The ordinary becomes vibrant and life-affirming in Long Live the Post Horn!, an engrossing novel about how even hopeless battles are worth fighting.
FOREWORD REVIEWS

Hjorth’s substantive and witty novel of personal growth delivers on multiple levels.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

An emotional, philosophical read … this book is wonderful, and I would urge you to seek it out.
ELSPELLS BOOKS

A superb story about a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
THE MODERN NOVEL

Wrenching tenderness from the mouth of irony, Hjorth proves how major effects don’t always come from the heavy-foot pedals.
John Freeman, LIT HUB (Most Anticipated Books of 2020)

Long Live the Post Horn! is a brilliant study of the mundane, full of unexpected detours and driving prose … Hjorth’s novel ingeniously orbits the intimate stories that are possible only when a character has put words on paper and sent them through the post.
John Freeman, NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

An engaging, well-honed novel … Hjorth’s writing is both spare and, in an understated way, humorous.
POPMATTERS

A wry and thoughtful take on contemporary life and love … Full of gorgeous Scandi gloom and bleak truths about human relationships.
DAILY MAIL

[In] Long Live the Post Horn!, the saga of the EU postal directive is an inspired context for a story about personal despair and political awakening.
4COLUMNS

An acidic portrait of one woman’s fight to save the postal service.
NEW REPUBLIC

Hjorth holds a magnifying glass to her characters and they fry like ants under the merciless sunlight of her writing. No one of them escapes unscathed, there are no heroes or villains; what we get is a picture of life in a social democracy that is fraying at the edges.
Charlotte Barslund, translator of Long Live the Port Horn! in LITERARY HUB

Hjorth expertly interrogates feelings of inadequacy in concise paragraphs of wry prose.
NEW STATESMAN

Droll and rather delightful.
MONOCLE

A novel about the chicanery of governmental politics has no right to be this absorbing.
MORNING STAR

A big strange wonderful paper hug of a book … I cannot recommend it highly enough.
LITERARY ADDICT

Hjorth asks us to imagine a world where those with narrative power protect the stories of the people over the interests of commerce … The timing was right for this book in Norway in 2012, and the timing is right for us now. A novel like Long Live the Post Horn! does not come around often enough.
LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOK

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Reviews Leve posthornet!

"Skal du lese én roman om ensomhet og postvesenet, la det bli denne.(...)(...) Det er nesten umulig å vite hvor man skal begynne når man skal snakke om Hjorths romaner. De er umiddelbare, men blir hengende og sparke i deg en stund etterpå. Denne gangen er det intet mindre enn politikk, postvesen og en ung ensom kvinne som forenes. Kan det blir interessant? Ja, hos Hjorth kan det."

 
Mari Nymoen Nilsen, VG

The Best Post Office Novel You Will Read Before the Election

«The poet laureate of this kind of tale is the Norwegian novelist Vigdis Hjorth, whose brisk, skittering books pounce on everyday experiences, revealing beneath their forensically detailed surfaces pools of risk and doubt. ... Hjorth’s latest novel to appear in English, “Long Live the Post Horn!,” is a brilliant study of the mundane, full of unexpected detours and driving prose. It is also the best post office novel ever written, first published in 2013 but arriving in the United States just in time for an election that has made routine mail delivery one of the tensest political battlegrounds in years. ... Hjorth’s novel, lucidly translated by Charlotte Barslund, ingeniously orbits the intimate stories that are possible only when a character has put words on paper and sent them through the post.

John Freeman, — The New York Times

(...)en knallfin bok. Det er ikke mange som utforsker ensomhet med større mot i dag. Heia Hjorth!"

Kaja Schjerven Mollerin, Klassekampen

Vigdis Hjorth LEVE POSTHORNET!

Sjelden jeg har blitt så høy på en roman som av Vigdis Hjorths bok om EUs postdirektiv... En av hennes aller beste bøker....Jeg er nesten fristet til å si Leve Vigdis Hjorth!

Anne Merethe K.Prinos, Aftenposten

"Vigdis Hjorths Leve posthornet! kan applauderes for mangt, ikke minst for å være noe så usannsynlig som en vellykket politisk roman om (hold deg fast) postdirektivet.""På alle måter en vellykket roman fra Vigdis Hjorth."

Frode Helmich Pedersen, Bergens Tidende

"Det er få som kan beskrive en kvinne på randen så godt som Hjorth(...)""Nettopp det er det sympatiske med denne boka. Og kanskje også det originale. Hjorth løfter frem politikken, ikke den internasjonale storpolitikken, men den grå kommunepolitikken– og viser hvor eksistensielt viktig den kan være. I en roman der de tilsynelatende enkleste formuleringer bærer en Hjorthsk dobbelthet og dybde i seg.»

Cathrine Krøger, Dagbladet

«Gjemt inne i romanen er en liten perle av en fortelling om et brev som bare nådde frem fordi postbudet virkelig la seg i selen for å finne riktig adressat. Denne gjør Leve posthornet! til noe mer enn en historien om kommunikasjonsrådgiveren og postdirektivet. Dette blirdermed en bok som ikke primært handler om det atomiserte samtidsmennesket eller nostalgien ved håndskrevne brev, men om kommunikasjon. Skal man lese en roman om postdirektivet i år, må det vel være denne.»

Bjørn Gabrielsen, Dagens Næringsliv

Modige valgs tale

"Det virker så lett å lese bøkene til Vigdis Hjorth. Ingen språklige krumspring som tvinger oss til å lese sakte, historier som glir … episoder til å flire av. Både «Leve posthornet» og andre av romanene hennes krever vilje til å reflektere, for her er det mye å tenke over.(...)Les boken, lag eselører, strek under – tenk, og tenk mer. Leve Vigdis Hjorth. Leve alvoret. Leve de modige valgene."

Helga Lilleland, Varden

Imponerende renselsesreise

"Vigdis Hjorth vender seg inn i et eksistensielt alvor i Leve posthornet! Boka er et stort skrik, og Hjorth har skrevet en sterk roman om identitet, autentisitet og om å velge modig.(...)Det er skarpt sett, og meget godt skrevet."

Eskil Skjeldal, Vårt Land

leve posthornet!

"...når Hjorth går laus på politiske og eksistensielle problemstillingarmed velkjent vidd og eksistensielt mot, er det berre å gje seg over."

Merete Røsvik Granlund, Dag og Tid

"En rar og real post-umodernistisk godtepose av politikk, poesi ogtungsinn."

Ole Jacob Hoel, Adresseavisen

Leve posthornet!

"Det er enormt godt gjort å skrive noe såpass sjeldent som en politisk-personlig roman uten at den blir kjedelig og intern. Som alltid i lysende presise setninger, med en helt unik fingerspissfølelse for flyt og ordvalg."

Gerd Elin Stava Sandve, Dagsavisen

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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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