Metres per Second
Original title: Meter per sekund
Publisher: Gutkind, Danmark, 2020
Genre: Fiction, novel
Pages: 268 pages
A young couple adjusts to their new life together with their infant son at a Folk High School in West Jutland, stepping into a world of tree-hugging faculty, obligatory singalongs and idealist desires to bond with the local community. He’s the new teacher; she’s the plus-one.
In theory, she’d like to be a part of it all but finds herself writing scathing ditties about the place with another plus-one in the community. For all her ambitions to become integrated, she can’t seem to get the knack of it. The codes of rural conversation, its brevity and endless silences stump her.
Metres per Seond is a tale of venturing into a new and uncharted place, of human relationships, dilemmas, and the ways and byways of social cliques.
German: Kanon Verlag
Dutch: Uitgeverij Oevers
World English: World Editions
French: Le Bruit de monde
Film and TV rights: Nordisk Film
Weekendavisen’s Literature Prize 2020
The Golden Laurels 2020