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LOVE (Hanne Orstavik)

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By Hanne Orstavik, Martin Aitken (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780914671947
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Archipelago - February 13th, 2018

Not your traditional love story but instead the portrayal of a self-conscious boy of nine and his devoted love for a narcissistic, self-absorbed mother. Orstavik brings us deep into the thoughts of young Jon and his mother Vibeke as they navigate separate adventures one very cold night in rural Norway. The effect of Orstavik’s narrative, alternating abruptly between Jon’s story and that of his mother, is beautifully devastating. The prose (wonderfully translated) and pacing set a tone of foreboding tension and impending doom. A short, but very deep, and vibrantly alive novel.