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Book Title

A Line in the World

Subtitle
A Year on the North Sea Coast
Author 1
Dorthe Nors; Translated from the Danish by Caroline Waight
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Me, my notebook and my love of the wild and desolate. I wanted to do the opposite of what was expected of me. It’s a recurring pattern in my life. An instinct.

Dorthe Nors’s first nonfiction book chronicles a year she spent traveling along the North Sea coast—from Skagen at the northern tip of Denmark to the Frisian Islands in the Wadden Sea. In fourteen expansive essays, Nors traces the history, geography, and culture of the places she visits while reflecting on her childhood and her family and ancestors’ ties to the region as well as her decision to move there from Copenhagen. She writes about the ritual burning of witch effigies on Midsummer’s Eve; the environmental activist who opposed a chemical factory in the 1950s; the quiet fishing villages that surfers transformed into an area known as Cold Hawaii starting in the 1970s. She connects wind turbines to Viking ships, thirteenth-century church frescoes to her mother’s unrealized dreams. She describes strong waves, sand drifts, storm surges, shipwrecks, and other instances of nature asserting its power over human attempts to ignore or control it.

Through a deep, personal engagement with this singular landscape, A Line in the World accesses the universal. Its ultimate subjects are civilization, belonging, and change: changes within one person’s life, changes occurring in various communities today, and change as the only constant of life on Earth.
 

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$16.00
ISBN
ISBN
978-1-64445-209-7
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Format
Paperback
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Pages
Pages
240
Trim Size
Trim Size
5.3125 x 8.5
Keynote
A celebrated Danish writer explores the unsung histories and geographies of her beloved slice of the world
 

About the Author

Dorthe  Nors
Credit: Astrid Dalum
Dorthe Nors is the author of the story collections ​Wild Swims and Karate Chop; four novels, including Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize; and two novellas, collected in So Much for That Winter. She lives in Denmark.

http://www.dorthenors.dk/
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Caroline Waight is a literary translator working from Danish, German and Norwegian. She has translated a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, with recent publications including The Lobster's Shell by Caroline Albertine Minor, Island by Siri Ranva Hjelm Jacobsen and The Chief Witness by Sayragul Sauytbay and Alexandra Cavelius. She lives and works near London.
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Praise

  • “[A] luminous set of reflections. . . . An intricate reckoning with a world that, despite our best attempts to tame it, remains elemental and wild.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review 
     
  • A Line in the World is . . . one of the first books to capture the unique region in English. In prose that is as sparse and quiet as the marshy Jutland peninsula itself, the book provides a snapshot of life in a location that is full of history and at the same time ever-shifting, its future uncertain.”—Courtney Tenz, The Washington Post
  • “An immediacy and an intimacy filter through [Nors's] spare, brilliant prose about the region’s history, shipwrecks and other stories. The reader becomes immersed in Nors’s interior weather as well as the harsh external elements of the rugged Jutland Peninsula.”—S. Kirk Walsh, New York Times Book Review
  • “Ms. Nors is ever on the hunt for the secret seams of passion—whether from terror or jubilation—beneath the stark surface of the land and behind the faces of its button-lipped inhabitants. . . . The tone here, in Caroline Waight’s translation, is gentle and considered. It has clearly been [Nors’s] intention to avoid both tourist gawking and big-city condescension, and the result is both revealing and respectful. . . . Beautiful.”—Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal
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