Josefine Klougart - "One of Us Is Sleeping" - Susan Harris

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Josefine Klougart discusses One of Us Is Sleeping. She will be joined in conversation by Susan Harris.
Co-sponsored by Words Without Borders
At 57th Street Books
About the book: 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.

Working in the vein of Anne Carson, Josefine Klougart's novel is both true-to-life and incredibly poetic in its relating of a brief, intense love affair and the grief and disillusionment that follow its end. While she recounts the time with her lover, the narrator is also heading back home, where her mother is dying of cancer. This contrast between recollection and the belief that certain things will always be present in your life—your parents, your childhood home, your love—and the fact that life is a continual series of endings runs throughout the book, underpinning the striking imagery and magnificent prose.

A powerful novel that earned Klougart numerous accolades and several award nominations—including the Readers Book Award—One of Us Is Sleeping marks the launch of a major new voice in world literature.

About the author: 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.

About the interlocutor: Susan Harris is the editorial director of Words Without Borders and the coeditor with Ilya Kaminsky of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry.

About the co-sponsor: Founded in 2003, Words without Borders promotes cultural understanding through the translation, publication, and promotion of the finest contemporary international literature. Our publications and programs open doors for readers of English around the world to the multiplicity of viewpoints, richness of experience, and literary perspective on world events offered by writers in other languages. We seek to connect international writers to the general public, to students and educators, and to print and other media and to serve as a primary online location for a global literary conversation.
Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th Street
Chicago , IL 60637