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A shimmering collection of stories from the author of The Copenhagen Trilogy, translated into English for the first time

From one of Denmark's most celebrated writers and the author of ChildhoodYouth and Dependency, these short stories are brief, devastating, acid-sharp portrayals of love, marriage and family in mid-century Copenhagen. Here the ordinary events of everyday life - a wife anxious not to wake her husband, a little boy losing his father's beloved knife, a married woman's obsessive longing for a yellow silk umbrella, a girl dreaming of a masquerade ball - become dark and disconcerting, as we see what lies beneath. Translated into English for the first time, these are stories that explore yearning, fear, despair and the elusiveness of that strange thing called happiness.

Translated by Michael Favala Goldman

 
 

Review

Splendid short stories... the purity and dazzling insight of Ditlevsen's writing speaks for itself -- Lucy Scholes - The Telegraph

An intense reading experience... so clear is Ditlevsen's eye that it's impossible to tear yourself away from the fates of her characters, however grim -- John Self - Guardian

These short stories show off her astonishingly precise prose -- New Statesman - Ellen Peirson-Hagger

A bracingly bleak selection of stories by the celebrated Danish writer Tove Ditlevsen... These are perfectly judged pieces: authentic, unforced and utterly lucid -- Phil Baker - Sunday Times

Ditlevsen's wonderful and devastatingly bleak short stories simmer with melancholy and despair ... Her prose is clear and spare, pared back to the essential task of describing the struggle for an unwon freedom from domestic despair and unsatisfactory marriages - Daily Mail

The depths of desire and despair are Ditlevsen's subjects and illuminating them is her talent - Monocle

Ditlevsen's writing is crystal clear and vividly, painfully raw - The Paris Review

A terrifying talent - The New York Times

Her writing is incredible, so focused and clear. Not a word that doesn't need to be there -- Tracey Thorn

A beautifully written, resilient and relatable chronicle for the marginalized' (praise for Childhood, Youth, Dependency) -- Patti Smith

About the Author

Tove Ditlevsen was born in 1917 in a working-class neighbourhood in Copenhagen. Her first volume of poetry was published when she was in her early twenties, and was followed by many more books, including her three brilliant volumes of memoir, Childhood (1967), Youth (1967) and Dependency (1971). She married four times and struggled with alcohol and drug abuse throughout her adult life until her death by suicide in 1978.
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  • ISBN: 9780241545317
  • Author: Tove Ditlevsen
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics
  • Pages: 192
  • Format: Paperback

Book Description

A shimmering collection of stories from the author of The Copenhagen Trilogy, translated into English for the first time

From one of Denmark's most celebrated writers and the author of ChildhoodYouth and Dependency, these short stories are brief, devastating, acid-sharp portrayals of love, marriage and family in mid-century Copenhagen. Here the ordinary events of everyday life - a wife anxious not to wake her husband, a little boy losing his father's beloved knife, a married woman's obsessive longing for a yellow silk umbrella, a girl dreaming of a masquerade ball - become dark and disconcerting, as we see what lies beneath. Translated into English for the first time, these are stories that explore yearning, fear, despair and the elusiveness of that strange thing called happiness.

Translated by Michael Favala Goldman

 
 

Review

Splendid short stories... the purity and dazzling insight of Ditlevsen's writing speaks for itself -- Lucy Scholes - The Telegraph

An intense reading experience... so clear is Ditlevsen's eye that it's impossible to tear yourself away from the fates of her characters, however grim -- John Self - Guardian

These short stories show off her astonishingly precise prose -- New Statesman - Ellen Peirson-Hagger

A bracingly bleak selection of stories by the celebrated Danish writer Tove Ditlevsen... These are perfectly judged pieces: authentic, unforced and utterly lucid -- Phil Baker - Sunday Times

Ditlevsen's wonderful and devastatingly bleak short stories simmer with melancholy and despair ... Her prose is clear and spare, pared back to the essential task of describing the struggle for an unwon freedom from domestic despair and unsatisfactory marriages - Daily Mail

The depths of desire and despair are Ditlevsen's subjects and illuminating them is her talent - Monocle

Ditlevsen's writing is crystal clear and vividly, painfully raw - The Paris Review

A terrifying talent - The New York Times

Her writing is incredible, so focused and clear. Not a word that doesn't need to be there -- Tracey Thorn

A beautifully written, resilient and relatable chronicle for the marginalized' (praise for Childhood, Youth, Dependency) -- Patti Smith

About the Author

Tove Ditlevsen was born in 1917 in a working-class neighbourhood in Copenhagen. Her first volume of poetry was published when she was in her early twenties, and was followed by many more books, including her three brilliant volumes of memoir, Childhood (1967), Youth (1967) and Dependency (1971). She married four times and struggled with alcohol and drug abuse throughout her adult life until her death by suicide in 1978.

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