Nominated by:

Aarhus Kommunes Biblioteker, Denmark

Publisher of nominated edition:

Open Letter Books, USA

One of Us is Sleeping

Josefine Klougart    

Translated from the Danish by Martin Aitken

The English-language debut from one of Denmark’s most exciting, celebrated young writers, One of Us Is Sleeping is a haunting novel about loss in all its forms.

As she returns home to visit her mother who is dying of cancer, the narrator recounts a brief, intense love affair, as well as the grief and disillusionment that follow its end. The book’s striking imagery and magnificent prose underpin its principal theme: the jarring contrast between the recollection of stability—your parents, your childhood home, your love—and the continual endings that we experience throughout our lives.

About the author & translator

Josefine Klougart has been hailed as one of Denmark’s greatest contemporary writers. She is the first Danish author ever to have two of her first three books nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize, and has been compared to Joan Didion, Anne Carson, and Virginia Woolf.

Martin Aitken has translated dozens of books from the Danish, including works by Dorthe Nors, Jussi Adler-Olsen, Peter Høeg, and Kim Leine.

(from publisher)

Librarian’s comments:

Josefine Klougart is one of Denmark’s most unique and celebrated young writers. One of Us is Sleeping is a vivid exploration of the effects of love and loss on human life and a story about coping with grief by letting it consume you. What makes the novel a must-read is its powerful lyrical imagery and wonderfully pensive protagonist. It is a novel that stays with you.

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