Fanny and the Mystery in the Grieving Forest

By Rune Christiansen
Translated by Kari Dickson

Fanny and the Mystery in the Grieving Forest
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Shortlisted for the 2017 Brage Prize

Fanny, a 17-year-old high school senior, has lost both her parents in a car accident. Granted permission to live independently in the family home located on the outskirts of a small Norwegian town, the days pass by as she performs her daily ... Read more


Overview

Shortlisted for the 2017 Brage Prize

Fanny, a 17-year-old high school senior, has lost both her parents in a car accident. Granted permission to live independently in the family home located on the outskirts of a small Norwegian town, the days pass by as she performs her daily routine: going to school, maintaining the house, chopping and stacking wood, and keeping the weeds at bay. As Fanny grieves and attempts to come to terms with the sad circumstances of her life, a fairy tale-like world full of new possibilities begins to emerge around her.

Written by Rune Christiansen, one of Norway's most exciting literary talents, and masterfully translated by Kari Dickson, Fanny and the Mystery in the Grieving Forest is a beautiful, poetic portrait of grief, friendship, independence and transgression.

Praise for Fanny and the Mystery in the Grieving Forest:

"Fanny and the Mystery in the Grieving Forest is among the saddest and most uplifting books I've read. This story of a grieving young woman is told in short bursts of lustrous writing crisp as aquavit that leave the reader seeing the world anew. Christiansen is taking on the big themes, love and death, but I know what side he's on. " —Michael Redhill, Scotiabank Giller Prize winning author of Bellevue Square

"Rune Christiansen's Fanny and the Mystery of the Grieving Forest is one of those special stories I find myself petting once I've finished, as if it were a wee forest creature I have fallen in love with. A shimmering musing on grief, Fanny is both ecstatic fairytale and Gothic novel—beguiling, haunting, and erotic in equal measure. There are very few books I would put in the category of heart places, but this is certainly one. " —Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, author of All the Broken Things

Rune Christiansen

Rune Christiansen is a Norwegian poet and novelist. One of Norway’s most important literary writers, he is the author of more than 20 books of fiction, poetry and nonfiction. He has won many prestigious awards, including the 2014 Brage Prize for his bestselling novel, The Loneliness in Lydia Erneman’s Life. He is also a professor of creative writing. Rune lives just outside of Oslo, Norway.

Kari Dickson

Kari Dickson is a literary translator. She translates from Norwegian, and her work includes literary fiction, literary fiction, children's books, theatre, and nonfiction. In 2019, Book*hug Press published her translation of Rune Christiansen's Fanny and the Mystery in Grieving Forest. She is also an occasional tutor in Norwegian language, literature and translation at the University of Edinburgh, and has worked with the British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT) and the National Centre for Writing. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Reviews

"An exquisite novel of grief. Rune Christiansen shows us yet again why he is one of Norway's leading literary stylists. Reading Rune Christiansen is a pleasure unlike any other. " —Aftenposten

"A magnificent novel. Gripping, poetic and thought-provoking. 6/6 stars. " —VG

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