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Ti Amo

By Hanne Ørstavik & Martin Aitken
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Publisher Description

A penetrating study of passion, suffering, and loss from one of Norway’s most tenacious writers: National Book Award Finalist and PEN translation prize winner Hanne Ørstavik

Celebrated throughout the world for her candor and sensitivity to the rhythms of language, Hanne Ørstavik is a leading light on the international stage. Ørstavik writes with “a compulsion for truth that feels like [her] very life force itself.” Laced with a tingling frankness, Ørstavik’s prose adheres so closely to the inner workings of its narrator’s mind as to nearly undo itself. In Martin Aitken’s translation, Ørstavik’s piercing story sings.
 
Ti Amo brings a new, deeply personal approach, as the novel is based in Ørstavik’s own experience of losing her Italian husband to cancer. By facing loss directly, she includes readers in an experience that many face in isolation. Written and set in the early months of 2020, its themes of loss and suffering are particularly well suited for a time of international mourning.
 
What can be found within a gaze? What lies inside a painting or behind a handful of repeated words? These are the questions that haunt our unnamed narrator as she tends to her husband, stricken with cancer, in the final months of his life.
 
She examines the elements of their life together: their Vietnamese rose-colored folding table where they eat their meals, each of the New Year’s Eves they’ve shared, their friendships, and their most intimate exchanges.
 
With everything in flux, she searches for the facets that will remain.

8 Reviews

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“This novella captures raw emotions in the purest way possible. Structured as heartfelt poetry, I could quote lines and lines of such beautiful sentences. The book tells the story of an author slowly losing her partner to the battle of cancer. The book is simply beautiful; describing grief and love so eloquently, with powerful uses of metaphors, allusions, and such amazing imagery. The story feels so real and I think that’s due to it being based on the authors own story. It’s a book I’d recommend to anyone, only 93 pages long, but it grips your heart and does not let go”
“Definitely woeful. Feels like the book is slicing my entire whole. 10/10. Highly recommended if you're in for the tears.”

About Hanne Ørstavik

Hanne Ørstavik published the novel Cut in 1994 and embarked on a career that would make her one of the most remarkable and admired authors in Norwegian contemporary literature. Her literary breakthrough came three years later with the publication of Love (Kjærlighet), which in 2006 was voted one of the 6 best Norwegian books of the last 25 years by Dagbladet. The English translation of Love, published by Archipelago in 2018, was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for translated literature. In 2021, Archipelago published The Pastor (Presten), which Publishers Weekly said “distinguishes Ørstavik as a leading light in international literature.”
 
Martin Aitken is the acclaimed translator of numerous novels from Danish and Norwegian, including works by Karl Ove Knausgaard, Peter Høeg, Jussi Adler-Olsen, and Pia Juul. In 2012, he was awarded the American-Scandinavian Foundation's Nadia Christensen Translation Prize, and in 2019 he was awarded the PEN Translation Prize for his translation of Love by Hanne Ørstavik.

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