Blood in the Veins. Amalie Skram and her time
Original title: Blodet i årene. Amalie Skram og hennes tid
Publisher: Spartacus forlag , 2018
Amalie Skram (1846 -1905) was a Norwegian author and feminist who gave voice to a woman’s point of view with her naturalist writing. In Norway, she is frequently considered the most important female writer of the Modern Breakthrough. Her more notable works include a tetralogy, Hellemyrsfolket (1887–98) which portray relations within a family over four generations.
Amalie Skram demanded three things of an author’s work: she should show the truth, write with compassion and attempt to understand.
In this ambitious biography, Merete Morken Andersen takes Amalie Skram at her word. Through five subjects – freedom, family, love, madness and death –
she interweaves letters, journals, novels and paintings to create a polyphonic collage, which shifts between different narrative techniques and narrative voices.
Andersen includes the writing from other writers in this time, and the aim is always the same: to portray Amalie’s world in such a way that it becomes possible to catch sight of her as part of a bigger picture.