Date:  15 August 2008 23:00
Category:  Literature

Voices from the north…

Seven prize-winning writers, all with a connection to Norway’s oil capital Stavanger, the European Capital of Culture for 2008, showcase their work, both prose fiction and poetry, in the celebratory anthology 'Voices From The North'.

Exciting and innovative, these young writers use images of life and death, the past and the future, of Norway and abroad, of the poetic and the everyday, to illuminate our current lives and issue warnings about the future.

These stories, novel extracts and poetry challenge tradition and reveal a distinct take on modern life. A man makes lists of all the things he has to do while waiting to hear if his father has died; another, hearing of his father’s death, remembers key events from his childhood; on a visit to India, a man follows a photojournalist across a river and learns how to slaughter a boar. A biographical novel creates a vivid portrait of a syphilitic manic-depressive artist at the turn of the last century; prose poems reveal a lovelorn individual who commutes between earth and sky, body and soul; poetry creates a new language to reveal the future consequences of our failure to change our current Western lifestyle.

An introduction and a piece about Stavanger’s history by Kjartan Fløgstad, one of Norway’s leading writers, complete this richly imaginative and vibrant anthology.

Contributors: Kjartan Fløgstad, Johan Harstad, Tore Renberg, Sigmund Jensen, Einar O. Risa, Øyvind Rimbereid, Torild Wardenær.

Voices From The North
New Writing from Norway
In association with Stavanger Capital of Culture 2008
Published by Maia Press, 16 August, in paperback £9.99

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