The Weight of Snow Crystals

The Weight of Snow Crystals

Thorvald Steen

Original title: Vekten av snøkrystaller
Publisher: Forlaget Oktober, 2006
Genre: Novel
Pages: 208 pages

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The Weight of Snow Crystals is a strong and moving novel about a precocious boy who hides a terrible secret. It is also a painful portrayal of a father and son relationship, and how the ones who are closest to us can fail in offering love and support when we need it the most.

The protagonist is a fourteen year old boy living in Oslo in the sixties. Ski jumping is his great passion, and he has a genuine talent for it. His father, a soft-spoken optometrist, is ambitious on his son’s behalf, while his beautiful, but slightly absent-minded mother wishes that he would give up what she considers a dangerous sport. They are a loving and close family.

But something is very wrong with the boy, and he is alone with his doctor when he receives news of his test results; he has a rare muscular disease that will ultimately render him a paralytic. The deterioration can happen quite fast or over time – it is impossible to predict.

The Weight of Snow Crystals tells the story of a boy facing the gravest and most difficult challenge of his life, and having to go the whole distance on his own.

Foreign rights

Chinese (simplified)<: Shanghai Translation Publishing House
Czech: Doplnek
Russian: MIC Publishing
Swedish: Norstedts
Turkish: Ithaki

Wonderful, beautiful and shocking…. It is written from the heart, pure and complete. A bull’s eye!

Adresseavisen

Twenty points for style. Subdued and dramatic about betrayal and broken dreams. Thorvald Steen’s eighth novel, The Weight of Snow Crystals, is one of the most moving youth portrayals I have read.

Bergens Tidende

You read it with increasing commitment … The Weight of Snow Crystals is a powerful little novel … you want to read more”

Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

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Thorvald Steen’s literary career begun in 1983, he has since produced a diverse body of work spanning a variety of genres. Translated into 30 languages so far, Steen has received praise and prizes for the quality of his authorship.

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