Nominated by:

Deichmanske Bibliotek, Oslo, Norway

Dublin City Public Libraries, Ireland

Publisher of nominated edition:

Pushkin Press, UK

Mirror, Shoulder, Signal

Dorthe Nors    

Translated from the Norwegian by Misha Hoekstra

Sonja’s over forty, and she’s trying to move in the right direction. She’s learning to drive. She’s joined a meditation group. And she’s attempting to reconnect with her sister. But her sister won’t return her calls. Her driving instructor won’t let her change gear. And she’d rather eat cake than meditate.

As Sonja’s mind wanders back to the dramatic landscapes of her childhood – the singing whooper swans, the endless sky – she starts to realise just how lost she has become in the alienating streets of Copenhagen. But how can anyone find themselves when there’s no one to ask for directions?

Mirror, Shoulder, Signal is a poignant, sharp-witted tale of one woman’s journey in search of herself.

About the author

Dorthe Nors was born in 1970 and studied literature at the University of Aarhus. She is one of the most original voices in contemporary Danish literature. Her short stories have appeared in numerous international periodicals including including The Boston Review and Harpers, and she is the first Danish writer ever to have a story published in the New Yorker. Nors has published four novels so far, in addition to a collection of stories Karate Chop, and a novella Minna Needs Rehearsal Space, also published by Pushkin Press. Karate Chop won the prestigious P. O. Enquist Literary Prize in 2014. She lives in rural Jutland, Denmark.

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Librarian’s comments

An existential crisis disguised as entertainment. A text that deals with emotionally charged topics with an impressive ease, compassionate, fun and touching.

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