We recently launched Norwegian novelist Vigdis Hjorth’s A House in Norway, translated by Charlotte Barslund. Publication of this translation was generously supported by English PEN and NORLA.
We are making the first few pages of the novel available for free download. As the story opens, we meet Alma, a divorced textile artist who makes a living from weaving standards for trade unions and marching bands. She lives alone in an old villa, and rents out an apartment in her house to supplement her income. The relationship between landlady and tenants will become an ethical battleground for Alma, as her temper becomes increasingly frayed, and as she tries to balance the desire to be tolerant and altruistic with the imperative need for creative and personal space.
Click here to download an extract of the novel [pdf 280 kb]: A House in Norway_sample