Wild Swims (Paperback)
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Wild Swims (Paperback)

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Published: 23/04/2020
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This is a collection resplendent with longing. In these compact pages, people meet without actually connecting, travellers set off but never seem to find home. We meet them on the fjords of Norway, in the bustle of Los Angeles, and among the lights of Copenhagen.

Outsiders yearn to be on the inside, insiders are desperate to be free. A writer befriends an ex-lover's mother. An elderly man offers his body to aging women. A woman's childhood memories of wild swimming draw her back to the water.

In prose that is both elegantly spare and saturated with emotion, Dorthe Nors shines a light into forgotten corners and conjures darkness where it's least expected. Her characteristic sharpness and sense of humour is ever-present, catching us when the melancholy threatens to come too close. Love, cruelty, friendship, and loneliness are all here, in these stories that brim with life.

Publisher: Pushkin Press
ISBN: 9781782275503
Number of pages: 128
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Lyrical stream-of-consciousness prose is intercut with short, blunt sentences... Misha Hoekstra's translation delicately renders Nors's intensity, along with her subtlety - Times Literary Supplement

How slippery the work of the Danish writer Dorthe Nors is, how it sideswipes and gleams... The sense of simultaneous, furious upwelling into text and retraction into shame or reticence gives the stories a powerful undercurrent, as if they were constantly wrestling with themselves. - Lauren Groff, New York Review of Books

Cool, razor-sharp stories by a brilliant Danish writer... A brainy collection perfectly constructed to put you on edge. - Kirkus Reviews

Here are fourteen short stories that crisscross borders, both emotional and geographic, while exploring and inhabiting various threshold zones, either directly or by allusion. Often darkly comic and unsettling, Nors's work is always intense, always intuitive, and rich with thought. - Necessary Fiction, Recommended Reading 2021

In fourteen effervescent stories, Dorthe Nors plumbs the depths of the human heart, from desire to melancholy and everything in between. - Entropy Magazine, Best Fiction Books of 2021

Nors's writing creeps up on you, and then overwhelms you with its emotional power. She is a master - Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick

Dorthe Nors is fantastic! - Junot Díaz

Reading Nors's work, one is reminded of the thrills and dangers of living - Yiyn Li

Nors's reinvention of experimental fiction is marvellous - Guardian

They have that sense of life of them... within four pages, she takes you through an extraordinary life - makes you feel exhausted but invigorated - John Self, BBC Radio 4 Open Book

Lyrical stream-of-consciousness prose is intercut with short, blunt sentences... Misha Hoekstra's translation delicately renders Nors's intensity, along with her subtlety - TLS

Nors writes important modern women's fiction . . . she gives back agency and centrality to older women' - Financial Times

There are bottomless lakes in these brilliantly uneasy stories, and cold, 'unknowable' landscapes, creaking with snow and ice, as in her spare, elegant prose Nors eavesdrops on the inner lives and complicated emotions of her yearning characters - Daily Mail

There's something about the deceptive simplicity of Dorthe Nors's stories that floors me - Red (Online)

An unflinching eye makes the new queen of Danish literature stand out - Big Issue

Dorthe Nors is a writer of moments-quiet, raw portraits of existential meditation, at times dyspeptic, but never unsympathetic - Paris Review 'What We're Loving'

A stunningly original new voice from Denmark... Dorthe Nors has the fabulous talent (...) of restraint... A major new voice in European literature - Booktrust

One of Denmark's most inventive and acclaimed contemporary writers - Bookanista

Throughout, remarkable characters and wonderful lines emerge from the artful prose. This is worth downing in one sitting. - Publishers Weekly

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Amalia Gkavea

“Poetic, raw, honest, this is a masterpiece by one of the greatest writers of Danish Literature. The translation by Misha Hoekstra is superb!”

‘’Both fairground and field have been baking all day in the late-summer sun. It’s September now, and when she walks around the field, the stubble scratches her ankles. But now she’s standing still, in her trench coat... More

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