Ruth Lillegraven

Original title: Sigd
Publisher: Tiden Norsk Forlag, 2016
Genre: Poetry and drama
Pages: 144 pages

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Endre grows up as the heir to a farm in a village in western Norway in the 19th century. He is expected to be like his father and his forefathers. As a young man he meets Abelone, marries her and takes over the farm. The future looks bright — until Endre falls ill and is confined to his bed. He is now forced to sell the farm. Who is he without the rights and the duty to which he is born? What does he now have to live for? That is when books from the other side of the big ocean enter Endres life, and take him with them out into the world.

Sickle is a story, in the form of poetry, about a simple — but at the same time magnificent — life, about the universe books can open, and how a man who is bedridden can take part in discoveries in countries far away. 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 their own language so that they are able to speak together again.

Foreign rights

Seagull Books: English
Trilce Ediciones: Spanish
Edicion Lanskine: French
Azul Press: Dutch
Edition Rugerup: German


The Brage Prize 2013
The Book Bloggers’ Prize 2013
Parson Alfred Andersson-Rysst Fund 2012

Sickle is quite simply an impressive collection of poems.


Her best poems. (…) there is a strong and tender lyrical voice present in this observant and imaginative collection of poems. Ruth Lillegraven demonstrates with this book that she is a very special voice within the portrayals of village life in contemporary lyrical poetry.

Hamar Arbeiderblad

Large themes are treated clearly and resonantly.


Ruth Lillegraven

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Ruth Lillegraven (b.1978) debuted with the poetry collection Big Bad Poems in 2005. Since then she has published a novel, three further poetry collections and her work is translated into several languages. She has also published six books for childre, among them I am I am I am and Into the Forest and the play Cally. Her work has been nominated for several awards, and won, among others, The Brage-Prize and Nynorsk Literature Prize. Her latest novel, Deep Fjord is a great success with multiple international sales, as well as filmrights to Nordisk Film.

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