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A thousand ships av Natalie Hayes

Årets utgivelser på norsk var ute i hyllene i god tid før julehandelen, så det vi har å by på av ny skjønnlitteratur nå finner du for det meste på hyllene merket engelsk, svensk og dansk litteratur.

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Steve Sem-Sandberg:  W

W. av Steve Sem-Sandberg

Woyzeck var en soldat som i 1821 drepte kvinnen han elsket. Hans historie inspirerte skuespillet 'Woyzeck' av Georg Büchner, som har blitt et av de mest innflytelsesrike og mest spilte skuespillene i tysk teaterhistorie. 'W' tar inspirasjon fra det samme materialet, og er en fortelling om et ensomt menneske som verver seg til hæren for å unnslippe sin egen elendighet. Det tegnes et bilde av et splittet Europa som er i ferd med å falle fra hverandre av krigens nådeløshet, men som samtidig er et kontinent som drømmer om et nytt og opplyst syn på individet. 'W' er en brutal fortelling om forfulgte mennesker som står ved sin egen avgrunn. Omtalen er utarbeidet av BS.


Nina Wähä:  Testamente

Testamente av Nina Wähä

Da Annie blir gravid reiser hun motvillig hjem til stedet hun vokste opp. Bondegården i Tornedalen har sitt eget språk: ikke svensk, ikke finsk, men meänkieli. Ingen der er spesielt glade for å se henne. De er en familie som bærer på en stor hemmelighet, en familie som aldri har kommet overens, en familie med to foreldre og tolv barn, eller fjorten, avhengig av hvordan man regner. 'Testamente' er en familieroman om synder og forandring, om ulike skjebner og ulike måter å møte verden på. Omtalen er utarbeidet av Biblioteksentralen.

Yahia Hassan 2

Yahia Hassan 2 av Yahia Hassan

Yahya Hassan 2 er en ny og stærkt personlig digtsamling fra Yahya Hassan. I 59 digte fortæller Yahya Hassan sin historie, fra han er 18 år, debuterende forfatter og ”præmieperker” med politibeskyttelse, til han bliver jaget vildt, voldsmand, fængslet, indlagt, ”psykoseperker” og uden et sted at være. Det er digte om tvivl, sammenbrud, vrede og ensomhed, om volden og vanviddet i verden og i en selv og om at ville kærligheden og nærheden, men ikke kunne holde på den (Forlagets omtale)

Ta-nehesi Coates:  One World

The water dancer av Ta-nehesi Coates

Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her-but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he's ever known. So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia's proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Even as he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram's resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures. This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children-the violent and capricious separation of families-and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of today's most exciting thinkers and writers, The Water Dancer is a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen (forlagets omtale)

Celeste Ng:  Little fires everywhere

Little fires everywhere av Celeste Ng

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town - and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at an unexpected and devastating cost...

Queenie av Candice Carthy Williams

Queenie av Candice Carty-Williams

Queenie Jenkins can't cut a break. Well, apart from the one from her long term boyfriend, Tom. That's definitely just a break though. Definitely not a break up. Then there's her boss who doesn't seem to see her and her Caribbean family who don't seem to listen (if it's not Jesus or water rates, they're not interested). She's trying to fit in two worlds that don't really understand her. It's no wonder she's struggling. She was named to be queen of everything. So why is she finding it so hard to rule her own life? A darkly comic and bitingly subversive take on life, love, race and family, QUEENIE will have you nodding in recognition, crying in solidarity, and rooting for this unforgettable character every step of the way.

Jesmyn Ward:  sing, unburied, sing

Sing, unburied, sing av Jesmyn Ward

Sing, unburied, sing journeys through Mississippi's past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power and limitations of family bonds. Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. He doesn't lack in fathers to study, chief among them his Black grandfather, Pop (Forlagsets omtale)

John Le Carre:  Agent running in the field

Agent running in the field av John le Carre

Nat,a 47 year-old veteran of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie. Nat is not only a spy, he is a passionate badminton player. His regular Monday evening opponent is half his age: the introspective and solitary Ed. Ed hates Brexit, hates Trump and hates his job at some soulless media agency. And it is Ed, of all unlikely people, who will take Prue, Florence and Nat himself down the path of political anger that will ensnare them all. Agent Running in the Field is a chilling portrait of our time, now heartbreaking, now darkly humorous, told to us with unflagging tension by the greatest chronicler of our age.

Nathalie Haynes:  a thousand ships

A thousand ships av Nathalie Haynes

In A Thousand Ships, broadcaster and classicist Natalie Haynes retells the story of the Trojan War from an all-female perspective, for fans of Madeline Miller and Pat Barker. This was never the story of one woman, or two. It was the story of all of them. In the middle of the night, Creusa wakes to find her beloved Troy engulfed in flames. Ten seemingly endless years of brutal conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans are over, and the Greeks are victorious. Over the next few hours, the only life she has ever known will turn to ash. The devastating consequences of the fall of Troy stretch from Mount Olympus to Mount Ida, from the citadel of Troy to the distant Greek islands, and across oceans and sky in between. These are the stories of the women embroiled in that legendary war and its terrible aftermath, as well as the feud and the fatal decisions that started it all. Powerfully told from an all-female perspective, A Thousand Ships gives voices to the women, girls and goddesses who, for so long, have been silent.

Elizabeth Strout:  Olive again

Olive again av Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout continues the life of her beloved Olive Kitteridge, a character who has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. Prickly, wry, resistant to change yet ruthlessly honest and deeply empathetic, Olive Kitteridge is a compelling life force (San Francisco Chronicle). The New Yorker has said that Elizabeth Strout animates the ordinary with an astonishing force, and she has never done so more clearly than in these pages, where the iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. Whether with a teenager coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment, a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, or a lawyer who struggles with an inheritance she does not want to accept, the unforgettable Olive will continue to startle us, to move us, and to inspire moments of transcendent grace (forlagsomtale)


Peter Handke:  Kravløs ulykke

Kravløs ulykke av Peter Handke

Kravløs ulykke (utgitt på norsk første gang i 1974) er et av nobelprisvinner Peter Handke mest sentrale verk. Peter Handkes mor var en usynlig kvinne. Hele livet - som strakte seg gjennom nazitiden, krigen og etterkrigstidens konsumentøkonomi - strevde hun med å holde fasaden, bare for å komme til følgende tragiske erkjennelse: «Jeg er jo ikke menneske mer.» Kort tid etter begikk hun selvmord ved hjelp av en overdose sovepiller. I Kravløs ulykke bestemmer sønnen seg for å skrive ned det han vet, eller det han tror han vet, om sin mors liv og død. Dette må han gjøre før den sløve apatien som fulgte meddelelsen om selvmordet, blir permanent. Språkløsheten Handke opplever i forbindelse med morens selvmord, er kjernen i denne korte, men uforglemmelige elegien. Denne nøkterne, ærlige og dypt berørende boken er en av de største prestasjonene til en stor samtidsforfatter. Peter Handke ble i 2019 tildelt Nobelprisen med følgende begrunnelse: «For et innflytelsesrikt forfatterskap som med stor språkkunst har utforsket periferien og menneskenes konkrete erfaringer.»

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