The World Plays Hide and Seek (Innbundet)


Siri M. Kvamme

Norwegian title: Verden leker gjemsel
Binding: Innbundet
Year: 2016
Pages: 224
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
ISBN/EAN: 9788202527549
Kategori: Romaner
Overview Verden leker gjemsel

The protagonist in The World Plays Hide and Seek (Verden leker gjemsel), Hanna, is in her thirties. All she wants to do is to be an author and to start a family with her boyfriend, Morten. But Morten shows very little understanding for both her writing and for her wish of becoming a mother. He has two children from a previous relationship and says he doesn't want any more kids.

Then Hanna is served some devastating news: She has an eye sight condition, which will slowly turn her more and more blind each year passing. On a trip to Iceland to take part in a half-marathon, she finally understands she needs to change her life. During the race, instead of crossing the finish line, she runs off in the rural Icelandic landscape, and meets a man, Hallgrim. She decides to stay with him, but the choice between Morten and Hallgrim steadily becomes more acute as her eye sight continues to deteriorate.

The World Plays Hide and Seek is a novel about finding your own way.

'Oh, how I recogniced myself in this story. Wanting to write, almost at any price, being so pasionate about it, day and night. But the man you love thinks what your doing is just nonsense ... A painful and beautiful novel.'

'Siri M. Kvamme put the problems like a painful tip of literary reflections into the protagonist´s life, the sickness, the uncertainty ... But the main characters disease is just one of several weighted strong elements in this novel, that has more than one narratives carrying the story. I would like to say lifting it, to a existentially wondering and interesting level.'

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Reviews from Verden leker gjemsel
"Siri M. Kvamme stikker problematikken som smertefull spiss av litterær refleksjon inn i hovedpersonens liv, sykdomsforløp og uvisshet. (…) Men hovedpersonens sykdom er bare ett av flere sterke vektlagte elementer i romanen, for det er flere påler som bærer fortellingen. Jeg vil si løfter den – til et eksistensielt undrende og interessant nivå."
Arnstein Olaisen, Haugesunds Avis
«Åhhh, som jeg kjente meg igjen i denne historien. Man vil skrive, nesten for enhver pris, og brenner for det dag og natt, men mannen du elsker syns det du driver med er bare tull. En vond og vakker roman»Anne B. Ragde, VG

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Author Siri M. Kvamme

Siri M. Kvamme (1975) is a Norwegian author that lives in Haugesund, a city on the west coast of Norway. Kvamme has studied Literature and Writing, and worked as a journalist and literary critic for over ten years before she started writing full time. Along with her writing, she also arranges a very popular Literary Salon in the public library in Haugesund. Kvamme made her literary debut with Read and apart (Raud og frå seg, 2001), a collection of short prose. Her first novel Winter Heart (Vinterhjerte, 2008) was well received by the critics. In 2012 she published the novel Nightwanderer (Nattgjengar). The world is playing hide and seek (Verden leker gjemsel, 2016), is her third novel.

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