Xiania 2. Ada (Innbundet)

Series: Xiania 2


Lotta Elstad

Norwegian title: Xiania 2. Ada
Binding: Innbundet
Year: 2024
Pages: 352
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
Originaltittel: Xiania
Series: Xiania
Serienummer: 2
ISBN/EAN: 9788202663254
Overview Xiania 2. Ada

Ada is born around 1880. There is no birth certificate. Her father is a fisherman and gambler. Her mother is absent and almost always pregnant. Most of the children die apart from Hugo, Ada and, finally, Leander. When their mother dies in childbirth, Ada is witness to this brutal event, and the one who has to deliver her bloodied, orphaned little brother.

When Ada is fifteen, her father loses her hand in a card game. But on her honeymoon, she runs away and flees to Xiania, where she gets a job and lodgings as a cleaning woman at an “establishment” on Elvegata in Vaterland. The establishment, fronted by a delicatessen, is run by Madame Josefine. There, Ada starts kicking prostitutes in the stomach as an abortion method to earn extra money.

This is the start of a journey that ends with Ada inheriting the delicatessen, getting rid of the anchovy smell and starting to call herself Madam Zavarella. She opens a hat shop on the ground floor – and an abortion clinic in the basement. The story ends in 1923, when a young girl, Klara, comes to her door.

Xiania 2: Ada is a raw tale of a run-down part of town, of life and death, of drinking and fucking, of women’s health and abortion, of underpaid drudges and colourful procuresses, thieves, smugglers and circus folk.

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Author Lotta Elstad

Lotta Elstad (1982-) is a writer, journalist, historian and non-fiction editor. She has since her debut in 2008 published several acclaimed books, both narrative non-fiction and novels.

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