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LOVE: An Evening with Hanne Ørstavik

November 20, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Golden Hare Books hopes you can join us to celebrate the launch of a newly translated novel by brilliant Norwegian novelist Hanne Ørstavik, Love. Told in spare prose with not a superfluous word in sight, bookseller Julie read this in one gulp on holiday and can’t wait to put it into eveyone’s hands. Karl Ove Knausgaard even called Love Orstavik’s strongest book. Don’t miss this!

in conversation with Kari Dickson

Join us for a winter evening to remember this November as acclaimed Norwegian writer Hanne Ørstavik discusses her newly translated novel Love, published by wonderful Sheffield-based publisher And Other Stories. There will be an audience Q&A and books will be available on sale to be signed. 

Wine will be served free of charge!


‘[I]n Love, the closeness of the perspectives, the cramming of them together, as if the mother and son are one person, and yet clearly not, feels less about narrative, and more about the limitations of love. We think we know another person, we feel settled in another person, and yet, perhaps every other consciousness is entirely a mystery. That’s the power of this particular book. The tiny emotional and atmospheric shifts are often barely perceptible, and yet they add up to much more.’ — Anita Felicelli, Los Angeles Review of Books

A single mother, Vibeke, and her son Jon, have just moved to a small, remote town in the north of Norway. It is the day before Jon’s birthday, but Vibeke, preoccupied with concerns of her own, has forgotten this. With a man on her mind, she ventures to the local library and then a fairground, while Jon goes out to sell lottery tickets for his sports club. We follow the two characters on their separate journeys through a cold winter’s night. As Ørstavik weaves together their two separate worlds, a sense of uneasiness grows.

An acknowledged masterpiece of Norwegian literature, And Other Stories’ edition brings the total number of international publishers to twenty-eight, so far. Masterfully rendered into English by translator Martin Aitken, this novel was one of five shortlisted for the 2019 US National Book Award in the Translated Literature category and won the 2019 PEN America Translation Prize.


Hanne Ørstavik is one of the most remarkable and admired authors in Norwegian contemporary literature. Her literary breakthrough came with the publication of Love, which in 2006 was voted the sixth best Norwegian book of the last twenty-five years. Since then the author has written several acclaimed novels and received a host of literary prizes.


Kari Dickson is a literary translator from Norwegian. Her work includes crime fiction, literary fiction, children’s books, theatre and non-fiction. She is also an occasional tutor in Norwegian language, literature and translation at the University of Edinburgh, and has worked with BCLT and the Writers’ Centre Norwich.


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November 20, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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68 St Stephen Street
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