Original title: Sigd
Publisher: Tiden Norsk Forlag, 2016
Genre: Poetry and drama
Pages: 144 pages
Endre grows up on a farm in a rural part of western Norway during the nineteenth century. He is the firstborn and heir, expected to take on the duties and responsibilities inherited by his forefathers. As a young man, he meets Abelone, marries her and takes over the farm. The future looks bright — until Endre is bedridden by illness and forced to sell the farm.
Who is he without the rights and the duty to which he is born? As he ponders the meaning of his new life, he discovers literature — the books change Endre’s life and open up new worlds.
Sickle is a story in the form of poetry, about a simple, yet magnificent life. About the universes within books and discovering countries far away through reading. It is a story about a time which no longer exists, but which is still recognisable. And it is the love story of Endre and Abelone — who finally create a common language to communicate again.
English: Seagull Books
Spanish: Trilce Ediciones
French: Edicion Lanskine
Dutch: Azul Press
German: Edition Rugerup
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