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Because Venus Crossed an Alpine Violet on the Day that I Was Born

Author: Mona Hovring

EAN: 9781771667067 Category: Product ID: ria9781771667067_rcc


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Winner of the 2021 Dobloug Prize Winner of the Norwegian Critics’ Prize for Literature Shortlisted for the Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize In a hotel, high up in a mountain village, two sisters aim to reconnect after distant years that contrast their close, almost twin-like upbringing. Martha has just been discharged from a sanatorium after a mental breakdown. Ella agrees to keep her company in the hope that the clean winter air will provide clarity–and a way back to their childhood connection. It’s only when plans go awry, and Martha disappears in a rage, that Ella discovers a new sense of self outside her filial role. This identity is reinforced by various encounters: the hotel receptionist who takes her under her wing; the enigmatic love interest; the wistful, drunken Salvation Army soldier; the carpenter. And not least, Ella’s encounter with the writings of Stefan Zweig, which have a profound impact. Mona Høvring’s award-winning novel Because Venus Crossed an Alpine on the Day that I Was Born is as sharp as it sensitive; insightful as it is original when exploring the many distractions of the heart. Praise for Because Venus Crossed an Alpine Violet on the Day that I Was Born A luminous tale of the burdensome tenderness between sisters and the emotional tumult of breaking free, Høvring’s novel transports you to the faded grandeur of a hotel high up in a Norwegian mountain village. Høvring’s prose, in Rankin and Dickson’s translation, is sensual and searching and allusive; it shimmers with a strange winter light. I fell immediately under its spell. –Aimee Wall, author of We, Jane In a way, the language is the protagonist in this book. It is luminous and vibrant, full of associations, reflections and quotes. The words embrace the world with sensuality, humour, wonder and a confusion of feelings. –Fredrik Wandrup show more

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