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Én af os sover : roman (edition 2012)

by Josefine Klougart

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"The English-language debut from one of Denmark's most exciting, celebrated young writers, One of Us Is Sleeping is a haunting novel about loss in all its forms. As she returns home to visit her mother who is dying of cancer, the narrator recounts a brief, intense love affair, as well as the grief and disillusionment that follow its end. The book's striking imagery and magnificent prose underpin its principal theme: the jarring contrast between the recollection of stability--your parents, your childhood home, your love--and the continual endings that we experience throughout our lives. A true-to-life, deeply poetic novel that works in the same vein as Anne Carson, One of Us Is Sleeping has won Klougart countless accolades and award nominations--including the Readers' Book Award--securing her place as a major new voice in world literature"--… (more)
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Title:Én af os sover : roman
Authors:Josefine Klougart
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I believe that this young author from Denmark can be compared to Salman Rushdie & Marcel Proust. A new literary shining star! The plotlines of her novel include a young woman coping with the end of a love relationship at the same time as her mother is dying of cancer. She uses lush images from nature. My favorite recurrent image revolves around the apple tree in the yard of her childhood home. The structure is stream-of-consciousness like Rushdie, yet her prose is exquisitely lyrical and her imagery is excruciatingly melancholy with a river of life's truths running right through its center. Perhaps the finest prose since Proust! ( )
  hemlokgang | Aug 9, 2019 |
One of Us Is Sleeping by Josefine Klougart is both wonderfully simple and heart-achingly complex. The prose, beautiful and poetic, demands a closer reading than most novels. Reading between the lines and interpreting the emotions for yourself is sometimes a struggle but one which is rewarded many times over.

These are reflections for the most part and so present a nonlinear narrative if one is looking for a novel that travels from one place to another. Perhaps a better approach is to avoid the traveling concept of plot and accept this as something we all do on occasion, which is spend time reflecting back and forth through time but from a stationary point in time.

This will not appeal to everyone (of course, this can be said for every book), especially those who want a plot that whisks along at a breakneck pace or explain a character's thoughts in simple non-poetic form. For those who enjoy pondering life's many twists and turns along with the protagonist, this will be a wonderful experience. Some of the passages shed new light on some of my own conflicts in life, and that is an uncommon occurrence in many novels.

Reviewed from a copy made available through Goodreads First Reads. ( )
  pomo58 | Jun 14, 2016 |
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"The English-language debut from one of Denmark's most exciting, celebrated young writers, One of Us Is Sleeping is a haunting novel about loss in all its forms. As she returns home to visit her mother who is dying of cancer, the narrator recounts a brief, intense love affair, as well as the grief and disillusionment that follow its end. The book's striking imagery and magnificent prose underpin its principal theme: the jarring contrast between the recollection of stability--your parents, your childhood home, your love--and the continual endings that we experience throughout our lives. A true-to-life, deeply poetic novel that works in the same vein as Anne Carson, One of Us Is Sleeping has won Klougart countless accolades and award nominations--including the Readers' Book Award--securing her place as a major new voice in world literature"--

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