Week 43Ørstavik, Hanne: Uke 43
Solveig, 33, has recently been engaged to teach literary history at a regional college. In the days spanned by the novel, various elements of her past life re-emerge and intermingle: her unresolved relationship with her mother, her friendship with an older colleague, Hilde, basic views on literature, and relations with her students. Exposed - and problematised - as the story unfolds are Solveig's longing to find a meaning in life, a thread, and a feeling of solidarity with those about her.
Uke 43 is both a controversial mélange of ideas and a delicately shaded character study. Through her intense, precise mode of writing and taut construction the author opens up existential space, and by casting a searching spotlight on Solveig"s daily round reveals how ethical dimensions are ever present.
Praise for Week 43:
"This is a complex, brilliantly crafted novel that reveals new twists and turns with every reading, a book concerned with truly important issues."
"Ørstavik now occupies a central position in Norwegian literature."
Translations: Danish ( Uge 43 published by Athene, Copenhagen), Swedish (Anamma Böcker, Gothenburg)
First published: 2002, Aschehoug Fiction
Hanne Ørstavik: Biography and bibliography
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