Knots: Stories (Paperback)

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By Gunnhild Yehaug, Kari Dickson (Translator)
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A mesmerizing collection of playfully surreal stories from one of Norway's most celebrated writers

First published in Norway in 2004, Knots is Gunnhild yehaug's radical collection of short stories that range from the surreal to the oddly mundane, and prod the discomforts of mental, sexual, and familial bonds.

In both precise short-shorts and ruminative longer tales, yehaug meanders through the tangled, jinxed, and unavoidable conflicts of love and desire. From young Rimbaud's thwarted passions to the scandalous disappearance of an entire family, these stories do the chilling work of tracing the outlines of what could have been in both the quietly morbid and the delightfully comical. A young man is born with an uncuttable umbilical cord and spends his life physically tethered to his mother; a tipsy uncle makes an uncomfortable toast with unforeseeable repercussions; and a dissatisfied deer yearns to be seen. As one character reflects, "You never know how things might turn out, you never know how anything will turn out, tomorrow the walls might fall down, the room disappear."

Cleverly balancing the sensuous, the surreal, and the comical, yehaug achieves a playful familiarity with the absurd that never overreaches the needs of her stories. Full of characters who can't help tying knots in themselves and each other, these tales make the world just a little more strange, and introduce a major international voice of searing vision, grace, and humor.

About the Author


Gunnhild Øyehaug is an award-winning Norwegian poet, essayist, and fiction writer. Her novel Wait, Blink was made into the acclaimed film Women in Oversized Men's Shirts. She has also worked as a coeditor of the literary journals Vagant and Kraftsentrum. Øyehaug lives in Bergen, where she teaches creative writing.Kari Dickson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and grew up bilingually. She has a BA in Scandinavian Studies and an MA in Translation. Before becoming a translator, she worked in theatre in London and Oslo. She currently also teaches in the Scandinavian department at the University of Edinburgh.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250182449
ISBN-10: 1250182441
Publisher: Picador USA
Publication Date: July 10th, 2018
Pages: 176
Language: English