Seven Days in August
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Seven Days in August

Translated from the Norwegian by Becky L. Crook
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

A few years after the deadly 2011 terror attack in Norway’s Utøya Island, Otto and Sofie are attempting to put the pieces of their life back together without their beloved daughter, who was murdered alongside countless other youths on one of the worst day’s in Norway’s history. Seven Days in August is the story of Otto and Sofie’s grief, painstakingly narrated over just one week-a window into their attempts to navigate a life together, face to face with their own helplessness and mortality.

The week begins with a tick bite on Sofie’s hand, which continues to swell dangerously as the days pass. As her pain intensifies, so too does the marital strife present in a household stricken by grief. Told in award-winning Norwegian writer Brit Bildøen’s signature lyrical prose, the story slowly unfurls the horrors of a national tragedy, while peeling back the layers of sorrow that infect relationships over time.

 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Brit
Bildøen

Brit Bildøen is an award-winning Norwegian novelist, poet, and translator. She lives in Oslo.

Brit Bildøen is an award-winning Norwegian novelist, poet, and translator. She lives in Oslo.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Becky
L. Crook

Becky Lynn Crook (1980-) born in Hartford, CT, is a writer and literary translator from German and Norwegian. In 2010, while living in Berlin, she founded and edited SAND, an English literary journal. In the Netherlands, she began translating numerous novels, nonfiction, short stories, and children’s books. Her translations have appeared in Granta, Guernica, and Freeman’s, among others. After coming across Inger Hagreup’s children’s poems in 2011, she was inspired to introduce the poems to international readers and was delighted they have found a home with Enchanted Lion Books. Becky is currently writing her own first novel, composing a children’s book or two, and at work on a nonfiction collection of thoughts on hiking and stumbling while female. She lives on Bainbridge Island, WA with her husband, daughter, and Momo, the cat.

Becky Lynn Crook (1980-) born in Hartford, CT, is a writer and literary translator from German and Norwegian. In 2010, while living in Berlin, she founded and edited SAND, an English literary journal. In the Netherlands, she began translating numerous novels, nonfiction, short stories, and children’s books. Her translations have appeared in Granta, Guernica, and Freeman’s, among others. After coming across Inger Hagreup’s children’s poems in 2011, she was inspired to introduce the poems to international readers and was delighted they have found a home with Enchanted Lion Books. Becky is currently writing her own first novel, composing a children’s book or two, and at work on a nonfiction collection of thoughts on hiking and stumbling while female. She lives on Bainbridge Island, WA with her husband, daughter, and Momo, the cat.

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

A couple lost their daughter in the 2011 Norway terror attacks and nothing is the same. There is an uneasy current running through the book and the marriage alike. The story is centred around the concept of mourning, and is unfolded during seven days in August, hence the title.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
15/12/2016
Country
Norway
Original Language
Norwegian
Author
Publisher
Seagull Books
Translator
Becky L. Crook
Translation
Translated from the Norwegian by Becky L. Crook

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