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Seven Days in August
Seven Days in August | Brit Bildoen
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A few years after the deadly 2011 terror attack in Norway's Utya Island, Otto and Sofie are attempting to put the pieces of their life back together without their beloved daughter, who was murdered alongside countless other youths on one of the worst day's in Norway's history. Seven Days in August is the story of Otto and Sofie's grief, painstakingly narrated over just one week--a window into their attempts to navigate a life together, face to face with their own helplessness and mortality. The week begins with a tick bite on Sofie's hand, which continues to swell dangerously as the days pass. As her pain intensifies, so too does the marital strife present in a household stricken by grief. Told in award-winning Norwegian writer Brit Bilden's signature lyrical prose, the story slowly unfurls the horrors of a national tragedy, while peeling back the layers of sorrow that infect relationships over time.
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nathandrake1997
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There is a lot of literature about grief. But it feels inadequate. There is still that ever elusive quest to seek out more literature about grief, or rather literature about the aftermath of grief to search for answers of the questions lodged within the scars of oneself....(continued in comments)

nathandrake1997 ....Scars that instead of healing are reopened by the incisive existential pondering induced by literature of this ilk.... 6mo
nathandrake1997 ....SEVEN DAYS IN AUGUST by Brit Bildøen is one such work of literature that pertains to the aftermath of grief. A couple, Otto and Sofie, in their late fifties are mourning the death of their daughter Marie. Marie was killed in a terrorist attack a few years before the beginning of this novel.... 6mo
nathandrake1997 ....Otto and Sofie are trying to put up an appearance in front of society. They attend social events in an attempt to stay toe to toe with the world around them. But, within, they are probably somewhere beyond a point of return.... 6mo
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nathandrake1997 ....The book takes us through a week, a rather eventful week, in the lives of Otto and Sofie. From a disastrous art exhibition to an unplanned expedition to their cabin in their woods which turns into an exercise in renovation after witnessing the decrepit state of said cabin to Otto meeting with an accident to Sofie almost discovering Otto's infidelity..... 6mo
nathandrake1997 ....Because of Bildøen's eventful storytelling, the book is a page turner that can be breezed through in a single day inspite of its heavy subject matter. The first two-thirds of the book is a meditation on grief and its ripple effect on the lives of the people it leaves behind in its wake.... 6mo
nathandrake1997 ....There is a particularly poignant sequence where Bildøen mentions an anecdote about a widower who pretends to dance a waltz, a waltz with an invisible partner, the invisible partner being an imagination of his wife. Life post the loss of someone in a way is akin to this aforementioned waltz with an invisible partner, a waltz with a void.... 6mo
nathandrake1997 ....The last third is where the book sadly falls apart where it becomes a bit too eventful, where it feels like events don't get the space they need to breathe and instead are a part of a domino effect that eventually leads to an ending that feels a bit too deliberate. The kind of ending that feels like it is trying too hard to coalesce its themes into a coherent ending.... 6mo
nathandrake1997 ....But irrespective of the book losing its footing towards the end, it nevertheless is worth reading for Bildøen's lyrical, poignant prose. 6mo
Suet624 A waltz with a void. Again, a wonderful review. 6mo
nathandrake1997 @Suet624 Thank you so much Sue ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
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ardismargrethe
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Charming book in Norwegian, about love and hurt, and also about the loss of not having a baby when all you want is to be a mom

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shawnmooney
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This Norwegian novel - the English translation comes out next month - sounds incredible: based on that horrific white supremacist massacre of all those high school kids.

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