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"Swiss author Peter Stamm's sensitive and unnerving novel is...a rare success. Taking place in a small port village in northeastern Norway, Unformed Landscape...is the story of a young Norwegian woman's first journey below the Arctic Circle. Though its setting could not be more different from anything most American readers have ever experienced firsthand, it is an uncommonly intimate work, one that will remind the reader of his or her own lived experience with a greater intensity than many of the books that are published right here at home." Harold Braswell, the New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)

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Unformed Landscape begins in a small village on a fjord in the Finnmark, on the northeastern coast of Norway, where the borders between Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia lie covered in snow and darkness, where the real borders are between day and night, summer and winter, and between people. Here, a sensitive young woman like Kathrine finds few outlets for her desires. Half Norwegian, half Sami (an indigenous people), Kathrine works for the customs office inspecting the fishing boats arriving regularly in the harbor. She is in her late 20s, has a son from an early marriage, and has drifted into a second loveless marriage to a man whose cold and dominating conventionality forms a bold stroke through the unformed landscape of her life. After she makes a discovery about her husband that deeply wounds her, Kathrine cuts loose from her moorings and her confusion and sets off in search of herself.

Her journey begins aboard a ship headed south, taking her below the Arctic Circle for the first time in her life. Kathrine makes her way to France and has the bittersweet experience of a love affair that flares and dies quickly, her starved senses rewarded by the shimmering beauty of Paris. Through a series of poignant encounters, Kathrine is led to the richer life she was meant to have and is brave enough to claim.

Using simple words strung together in a melodic alphabet, Peter Stamm introduces us, through a series of intimate sketches, to the heart of an unforgettable woman. Her story speaks eloquently about solitude, the fragility of love, lost illusions, and self-discovery.

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Set in a small village on a Gord in fjord in Norway, this is book about solitude, the fragility of love, the pain of existence, and lost illusions.

About the Author

Peter Stamm

Peter Stamm was born in 1963, in Weinfelden, Switzerland. He is the author of the novel, Agnes (1998), and numerous short stories and radio plays. He lives outside of Zurich.

Michael Hofmann

Michael Hofmann has translated Bertolt Brecht, Joseph Roth, Patrick S, Herta Mueller, and Franz Kafka. He won the Translators' Association's Schlegel-Tieck Prize twice in 1988 for his adaptation of The Double Bass by Patrick S (1987), and in 1993 for his rendering of Wolfgang Koeppen's Death in Rome (1992). In 1999 he won the PEN/Book of the Month Club Translation Prize for The String of Pearls. His translation of his father's novel The Film Explainer, by Gert Hofmann, won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 1995. He has written and translated more than 35 books, winning eight awards for his translations and his poetry.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590511404
Translator:
Hofmann, Michael
Publisher:
Other Press
Translator:
Hofmann, Michael
Author:
Stamm, Peter
Author:
Hoffman, Michael
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;norway
Publication Date:
20050417
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
7.46x5.32x.74 in. .59 lbs.

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Product details 168 pages Other Press (NY) - English 9781590511404 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Swiss author Peter Stamm's sensitive and unnerving novel is...a rare success. Taking place in a small port village in northeastern Norway, Unformed Landscape...is the story of a young Norwegian woman's first journey below the Arctic Circle. Though its setting could not be more different from anything most American readers have ever experienced firsthand, it is an uncommonly intimate work, one that will remind the reader of his or her own lived experience with a greater intensity than many of the books that are published right here at home." (read the entire New Republic review)
"Synopsis" by , Set in a small village on a Gord in fjord in Norway, this is book about solitude, the fragility of love, the pain of existence, and lost illusions.
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