Winner of the prestigious Tarjei Vesaas First Book Award
I tell her I’ve stopped taking my pills I write that I’m still not well, that it’s making day-to-day life difficult That I often do things I regret, and that there’s some sort of membrane between what I want to do and whatever I end up doing That I really want to be an actor, but that it’s a dream that seems all too distant for the time being I tell her I use and abuse alcohol and drugs, and that I’ve got a death wish that sometimes becomes difficult to ignore That I don’t know who I am That I change my mind as frequently as I change my socks That I’m horrible to the people around me That my sex life is depraved
Gine Cornelia Pedersen (b. 1986) debuted with this explosive novel, which won the prestigious Tarjei Vesaas First Book Award. Compared, in its home country of Norway, with a ‘punk rock single’, the unique lyrical style and frank description of life with mental health problems have come together to create one of the most exciting works of fiction from Scandinavia in recent years.
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